Damon Dash Says Kanye West Originally ‘Hated Jay-Z’

By Allen Starbury  |  11/18/2008

Damon DashDamon Dash is throwing rocks at the throne, recently telling stories about how his former business partner, Jay-Z, hated his superstar Kanye West.

According to the New York Daily News, Dash -- in an upcoming interview with Complex -- claims that Jay originally didn't like West, and in 2003, refused to present the producer/rapper with a Roc-A-Fella chain to initiate him, officially, onto the label during a concert in Chicago.

Dash says that, at the time, the up-and-coming West expected Jay to knight him with a Roc chain during the concert, but Jay refused. So, he had to set in to make things right.

"This n**** [Kanye ] was like, 'Wow. [Jay-Z] ain't going to give me the chain,'" Dash claims in the December issue of Complex. "I had to take off my chain and give it to him, and I was heated. I had the real canary diamonds. That sh** cost $40,000! I told Kanye, 'Yo, you got to give that back when we get off this stage!'"

Dash goes on to say that "Kanye hated Jay-Z" after that.

However, a rep for West, calls the story "ridiculous and totally false."

Other sources told the New York paper that Dash's relationship with Jay ended on bad terms, and is using false tales to help promote his newest protégé, Jim Jones.

"This is sad," the source told the paper. "Damon does this every time he's promoting an artist. He just makes things up."

The source also adds that Jay and Kanye have performed several times since this "alleged" beef, and even says "They're friends and always have been."

"To say he hated him back then is silly," another source added.

Dash is currently producing a documentary about rapper Jim Jones, and is using his pull within the industry to help up his star power. This is Dash's motive behind his recent claims, said the source close to Jay.

The full interview with Dash and Jones will appear on Complex.com on Wednesday (November 19).