Remember when Roc-A-Fella Records was one of the hottest labels in hip-hop back in the late 90s and early 2000s?
Dame Dash does too, and hopes to restore the label that he was bought out of back to its former glory.
The Roc roster really only has one active artist on it at present time, Kanye West. Most of its other signees, including the label’s co-founder Jay-Z, have moved on to other recording plantations.
Dame plans to release the debut album from New Orleans rapper Curren$y as the relaunched label’s first release on June 15th.
“Def Jam or Universal bought the brand,” Dash told MTV. “I think the ‘beef’ [with us and Jay-Z] was that Jay made it clear he didn’t want me or [Roc-A-Fella’s third co-founder Karriem “Biggs” Burke] to be a part of it. That’s really where it was at. Now that he doesn’t work for Def Jam anymore, he doesn’t have the right to use the name. So there’s no reason for us not to use it. It’s there, and it’s a brand that’s not being used. So I was like, ‘I’ll take it.’ It always meant something to me.”
Dash secured the deal through Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid, who previously worked with Dash through his shortlived Damon Dash Music Group.
After the release of Curren$y’s album, Roc-A-Fella will release Ski Beatz’s long awaited 24 Hour Ski School mixtape.