In an interview with Philly’s Most Wanted (remember them), they describe a conversation with Dame
DX: So what did you think when you the Roc-A-Fella dynasty fell apart?
BB: Uh, it didn’t shock me that it fell apart because like I said, I knew them people from the beginning. Like I said, we took Beans over there so we already knew what type of situation it was to begin with. But when you try to get money, you gotta get money. It wasn’t that it was all peaches n’ cream from the beginning since it fell apart. Matter of fact I’m gonna tell you something I never told nobody on an interview. When we went to go meet at Roc-A-Fella, Jay-Z wasn’t even there the first time, it was Dame there. He put Jay-Z on the intercom and we rapped over the intercom for him and then Jay-Z were like, “Yeah, they hot,” or whatever so this is when they just got signed to Def Jam. But why Dame [Dash] hung up with Jay, and he was like, “Yeah, we tryin’ to sign y’all because y’all would be the first group signed to Roc-A-Fella, and I think that’ll be a good look for y’all. I mean we got [Memphis] Bleek, but he corny, that’s just Jay-Z’s guy.” That was his exact words that came out of his mouth. And that was way early, you understand what I’m sayin’. So they just masked it because of the situation. It was always something there that weren’t right. He said that though, you can quote me on that.
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