Roc-A-Fella is the most incredible rap crew of all time, according to who?. Damon “Dame” Dash is a man who knows the business. His savvy business moves helped to change the landscape of hip-hop and paved the way for future black entrepreneurs.
Dame Dash, Jay-Z, and Kareem Burke started Roc-A-Fella Records in the mid-nineties. At that time, major label companies showed no interest in signing Jay-Z. The trio built the brand from the ground up. In 1997, Roc-A-Fella signed a deal with Def Jam Records, allowing them to operate as a company subsidiary.
Roc-A-Fella: The Greatest Rap Crew of All Time According to Dame Dash
Their first release, 1996’s Reasonable Doubt, was a massive success that spawned several hit singles. It brought the label to the forefront of the industry. Despite the controversy with the album Jay-Z’s eminence increased the credibility of the label and the group itself.
In the following years, Roc-A-Fella would release more hits and become one of the top music empires in hip-hop history. The crew would also begin to expand beyond the image of their co-founder. bringing in new artists and giving more opportunities to those on the roster. This included the releases of Amil and Beanie Sigel’s albums, State Property’s Chain Gang series. Also, Juelz Santana’s From Me To U, Freeway’s debut Philadelphia Freeway, and Memphis Bleek’s M.A.D.E.
The new millennium also saw a rise in Roc-A-Fella films and compilations, giving the group’s talented roster of rappers a chance to show off their skills. The films Pay in Full, and Paper Soldiers starred Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, and Cam’ron. The latter film also gave longtime Roc-A-Fella member and actor Kevin Hart his acting debut.
Dame Dash and Jay-Z’s legacy
Jay-Z went on to launch his Tidal music streaming service and is now focusing on his new venture, The Roc Nation management company. On the other hand, Dame Dash has continued to hustle for his family and legacy.
Dame’s quest for making the planet’s most enormous stable of talent led him to sign artists that would dominate the charts in the early 2000s. He worked as Jay-Z’s manager and even organized a tour for the rapper.
He also worked with many other notable names, including the Brooklyn duo Da Ranjahz (Wais and Haziq), who influenced Kanye West’s style on the album The Life Of Pablo. Dame also managed artists such as Twista, whose rapid-fire delivery is recognized worldwide. Most recently, he has signed Nigeria’s superstar singer D’banj to G.O.O.D. Music.