Dame Dash regrets behavior in ‘Big Pimpin’ video and old business model

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“This is the number one rule for your set, in order to survive you gotta learn to live with regrets,” – Jay Z “Regrets.”

Sometimes as we grow older, we look back on past behavior and decisions and realize how we could have done things differently. That’s just how life goes and hip-hop executive Dame Dash is no different.


In a recent interview with Hip Hop Motivation, the now 43-year-old Dash looks back on some things he did in his 20s with remorse. Take for instance Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin'” video from 2000 when Dash is repeatedly seen pouring champagne on women. He now looks back on that video with shame.

“There’s things that I see that I did on videos when I was younger that I be like, ‘Damn, I was bugging.’ Champagne Dame, that dude, he was bugging. I don’t even know that guy. If my son even did that I would be appalled,” said Dash. “I’m sorry to all the girls that I poured champagne … I’m not gonna say … because it was Champagne Dame, but I’m not gonna say that excuses it, but I do apologize. I really do. I wouldn’t do that now.”


Dash also talked about the mindset that he, along with Jay Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, had when it came to business for their Roc-A-Fella Records.

“The message that we put into the world when we were younger — besides the independence  — wasn’t really the most positive, because it was about getting money by any means necessary. But my views have changed since then,” Dash contends. “It’s not the most positive thing to make a man feel bad because he can’t make as much money as you. And that was our business model — embarrassing dudes and making them feel bad cause we had more money than them.”

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