If you’ve seen former Young Money artist Curren$y lately, you may have noticed him sporting a Roc-A-Fella chain. However, he isn’t signed to the iconic label … at least not yet.
According to MTV News, Damon Dash gave the rapper the chain as a celebration of their friendship. But, as he began to hear more and more of Curren$y’s music, he felt it was a good idea to resurrect the Roc to drop his debut album and that’s what he’s doing.
Pilot Talk, Curren$y’s debut, is set to drop on June 15th. It will be the first new release from the newly launched Roc-A-Fella Records.
“I think we just having fun, really,” Dash told MTV from his DD172 office in New York. “[Curren$y] inspired me to dust off the chains. We brought ’em out for kicks, just ’cause we could. Then we was like, ‘F*** it, let’s put it out 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?’ ”
“What that means, what that shows me, is that dude thinks as highly of me as I do him,” Curren$y added, as he explained his debut being released through the label Dash co-founded with Jay-Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke in the mid-1990s. “I know what’s behind that. We all know and the fans know what that represented at the height of it. The aesthetic of it.”
After Dash dissolved his partnership with Jay-Z several years ago, he admits that he hasn’t had much fun with music. But, after working with the likes of Curren$y and Jay Electronica, he got the old spark back.
MTV says the last album to be released through Roc-A-Fella was Jadakiss’ The Last Kiss in April 2009. Jay had been using the Roc-A-Fella name during his time as Def Jam’s President. But after leaving his post, Dash says there’s no reason why he shouldn’t use it.
“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,” Dash said. “Now that he doesn’t work for Def Jam anymore, he doesn’t have the right to use the name. So there’s no reason for us not to use it. It’s there, and it’s a brand that’s not being used. So I was like, ‘I’ll take it.’ It always meant something to me.”
Dash told MTV that he’s secured the new deal through L.A. Reid and Def Jam, which will serve as a distributor for his records.