*With the transition of Jay-Z, starting his own label, Roc Nation, Damon Dash has decided, on what appears to a whim, to resurrect Roc-A-Fella Records with a the release of Curren$y’s newest creation, ‘Pilot Talk.’
He told MTV News the decision was all in the moment of a good opportunity.
“I think we just having fun, really,” he told reporters. “[Curren$y] inspired me to dust off the chains. We brought ’em back out for kicks, just ’cause we could. Then we was like, F*** it, let’s put it through Roc-A-Fella. It was really more something he wanted to do. Basically, ’cause we havin’ such a good time, and the opportunity’s there, we was like, ‘Why not?'”
Now that the rights to the label have been transferred, Dash is ready to move on.
“Def Jam or Universal bought the brand. I think the “beef” [with us and Jay-Z] was that Jay made it clear he didn’t want me or Biggs to be a part of it. That’s really where it was at. Now that he doesn’t work for Def Jam anymore, he doesn’t have the right to use the name,” Dash said. “So there’s no reason for us not to use it. it’s there, and it’ a brand that’s not being used. So I was like, ‘I’ll take it.’ It always meant something to me.”
Dash I glad to return to the label and plans to reestablish the original values he intended to found the label on, friendship.
Roc-A-Fella was established by Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke nearly ten years ago. Several artists like Memphis Bleek, Freeway, and Cam’ron made Roc-A-Fella their home. But after a company splitting beef developed between Jay-Z and Dash, the partnership crumbled and the label was taken over by Jay-Z.