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It looks like the house that Dame help build is back, and he’s running the ship. Dame Dash recently announced that he’s going to be putting artists out on Rocafella Records. The first artist that will be dropping on the Roc will be New Orleans’ own, Curren$y. Dame spoke with MTV News about the new Roc.

‘I think we just having fun, really, [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?’ ‘

‘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. 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.’

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Dame also touched on the original reason for Rocafella’s beginnings and being put on to Curren$y’s music:

‘The funny thing is, people don’t know that Roc-A-Fella wasn’t meant to sell records,’ Dame said. ‘It was meant to show the respect and the honor amongst each other as friends. It was a friendship thing. That’s what people liked. It’s what made Roc-A-Fella appealing. It’s odd, because I f— with [Curren$y]. I kinda like him. When I met him, I wasn’t as familiar with his music. My nephews and Sean O’Connell put me up on him. I liked him as a friend. Then I start seeing he’s super nice with the rhymes, then I started seeing his influence. It’s similar to the way we felt back in those days. It’s working out.’

It seems that Curren$y realizes that he’s highly thought of as an artist, as he spoke on being a part of the lagacy:

‘What that means, what that shows me, is that dude thinks as highly of me as I do him, 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.’

Do you think that Dame Dash can really hold the Rocafella brand down and bring it back with Curren$y? Share your thoughts!

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