Former Roc-A-Fella Records founder Damon Dash appeared on The Breakfast Club radio show late last week, during which he engaged in a heated conversation with co-hosts DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God.
Specifically, a question about Jay Z set him off, after which he declared that he’d no longer answer questions about his former partner.
Charlamagne discussed the headline-grabbing interview in the latest edition of his The Brilliant Idiots podcast with Andrew Schulz. “Dame wasn’t hostile,” he said. “Fredro [Starr] was hostile. Dame was what I expected him to be.”
He later called Dash a “culture vulture,” while adressing Dash’s ideal that no one should ever work for someone else… otherwise you’re not a man.
“When I watch back the interview, you see so many flaws in his argument, and you realize how dangerous the rhetoric was,” Charlamagne said. “If you’re a businessman, a boss like you say, it’s very dangerous to not show any respect for your customers. When you say things like, ‘There’s no pride in having a job.’ You’re sh*tting on your employees and you’re shitting on the everyday consumer who’s driving in their car saying, ‘I’ll never go into his son’s restaurant. I’m never gon’ buy his son’s cookies. I’m not buying Damon Dash’s f*cking movie ’cause he don’t give a f*ck about me.’ And in a lot of ways, that makes you a culture vulture.
“What is a culture vulture? A culture vulture they say is a white guy who’s not of hip-hop who is the head of these companies who in some people’s minds doesn’t care about the culture, they’re just profiting off of it,” he continued. “So if you don’t give a f*ck about the consumer, if you don’t give a f*ck about the regular, everyday person with a 9-to-5 job, you look down on them, they don’t have no pride in themselves, then you’re just making money off of them. In a lot of ways, you’re a f*cking culture vulture. You don’t respect them, you don’t respect what they do. You just wanna make money off of them.”