S W A N said:
Without Dames wildin there is no Rocafella. Once Jay blew, all them execs that told him go to hell 5 yrs earlier, were all on Jays sack. Dames real fall was his crazy spending and balling habits and putting his faith in Jay. Dont get it twisted. Jay didnt have the buisness sense that he does now. That was all Biggs and Dame. Without him, there is no Jay and vise/versa.
Sad that things went that way. Roc could have been an empire and finally put control of the music in the hands of people that created it. But Jay went the corporate route and it was no longer about the music. While Im still a Jay fan, I even admit that his efforts since Black Album (the last album Dame even had anything remotely to do with) outside of American Gangster have been lackluster.
BUt the way things were going, Jay had to make his move. Him and Dame might have had good chemistry together but Kayne is the only real "success" out of their partnership. The whole State Property/Philly crew proved to be a bunch of bums and once Beanie couldn't stay outta trouble that was the beginning of the end for that crew. Even still, while be an artist on a label RUN by an artist?
Kanye's behavior on the Roc was super outlandish to a point where he couldn't be "controlled" by Damn or Jay, and he was selling records, which gave him leverage. They let him do what he wanted when it was clear that he was gonna be successful.
Still, Dame burned bridges and no one, not even Jay, was gonna put their name on the line for the sake of his fu*kery. He thought he had more talent with that label but lets be real, them cats weren't going mainstream. They might've had respect in the streets but that sh*t dont equal sales