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Dash at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2007.
Born May 3, 1971 (age 45)
New York City, U.S.
Other names Dame Dash
entrepreneur music producer executive producer actor screenwriter
Years active 1990–present
Known for co–founder of Roc-A-Fella Records
Spouse(s) Rachel Roy (m. 2005–09)
Partner(s) Aaliyah (1999–2001)
Relatives Stacey Dash (cousin)
Darien Dash (cousin)
Damon Dash (born May 3, 1971), also known as Dame Dash, is an American entrepreneur, music producer and actor. Dash is best known as co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Shawn Carter and Kareem Burke.
1.1 Early life
2 Personal life
Born in New York City, Dash swept the floors of a local barbershop and sold newspapers in order to buy sneakers and shirts as a teenager. Dash developed his work ethic from the example of his mother, who died of an asthma attack when he was 15. Dash was sent to a private school in order to receive a better education. His success helped him discover the different fields he wanted to branch out into.
Dash served as Jay-Z's former manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records, and in 1999, he organized a tour for Jay-Z which made $19 million. Their relationship soured as a result of two subsequent events. The first was when Roc-A-Fella Records was purchased by Def Jam Recordings (which had previously only owned half of the company) in 2004, after which Jay-Z agreed to take a job as Def Jam's president. Then, in late 2005, Jay-Z bought Dash out of his stake in Rocawear. In April 2014, it was announced that Dash is also involved with Blind Debit, a fingerprint payment application being developed by Dez White.
Dash met R&B singer Aaliyah in late–1999 through Dash's accountant in New York and dated her until her death on August 25, 2001 from a plane crash in The Bahamas. Though they were not formally engaged, in interviews given after Aaliyah's death, Dash stated that the couple had planned to marry.