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Dame Dash blasts Lyor Cohen and other white hip-hop executives

complex, lyor cohen with t.i. and jay-z
Dame Dash made it clear earlier this year that he has no love for music industry heavyweight Steve Stoute, and now the former Roc-A-Fella CEO is airing his grievances with a few other major players. In an interview with Vlad TV, Dash discusses Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz, Joie Manda, and Julie Greenwald — elaborating on why he has an issue with Cohen.

“My beef was with Lyor cause I think he’s a fake CEO,” Dame Dash said. “And I think he’s fronting on my culture, but he can’t front on anybody else. And I’m calling him out publicly. And I want him to stop trying to rape my culture. Go make some money with some other people. Like stop having your agenda be hip-hop … It was like they have people that their job is to create beef so that they can monetize it. But they don’t let their culture feel it. But they make money from it. And they can’t make any money or get any respect in their culture. That’s why they’re in our culture. Because the minute that they were allowed to be there, they would go. But they just can’t … never had a beef with [Dame’s former partner] Jay Z. Always with Lyor and his whole crew. He’s the one that ruined Roc-A-Fella — Lyor Cohen.”

Dash questioned why urban music executives like Cohen and Todd Moscowitz, who are both Jewish, are never questioned in regards to the footholds that they have on an industry targeting black people.

“Of course you don’t see the puppet master,” he said. “So, it’s time to see him. Bring ’em out. Call out Todd Moscowitz — Ask them why they got their jobs. That’s what I want to see. How did Joie get the job [as] president of urban? And what does that mean? I need to see credentials. And culturally anyone that’s taking orders from that man should be asking ‘Why should I be taking orders from you?’ Period… ‘I don’t care.’ He said it. Joie said it, ‘I don’t care.’ ‘How you feel about the culture?’ ‘I don’t care.’ ‘How do you feel that someone relevant from the culture thinks you’re robbing it?’ ‘I don’t care.’ And nobody’s gonna question that? That’s why I’m Dame. I’ll just continue to be Dame. I’m [going to] have fun being Dame. Too much divide and conquer. So, that’s it, man. I’m just saying reverse the perspective. Let’s stop talking about rappers beefing. Let’s start talking about these people and educating the culture.”


  1. BlackBeauty on July 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you! I have wanted to know who’s perverting the music, other then the artist. Who pushing the negativity in the music so that this is all we hear is violence, misogyny, drug usage and perversion.

  2. Nehes Ba'a Rayay on July 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    always had much LOVE & RESPECT for Dame Dash!!! I always felt like he was a ‘GOOD N**GA!!! and he was into EMPOWERING Artist. #theblindinglightofmisinformationmustend