At the onset of their careers, Jay-Z and his former Roc-A-Fella Records partner Dame Dash had it made as two young Black hip-hop entrepreneurs with a treasure trove of opportunity that came along with fame, fortune and fainting women.
But Hov isn’t the only one who has matured and discovered the error of his wilder days as a youth. Dame is expressing regret for one of the most famed videos from the Roc-A-Fella vault.
The 2000 smash hit of Jay’s Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter album, “Big Pimpin’” made even more waves with its lusty, lavish visuals.
Along with Hov and UGK, who are featured on the track, Dame made an appearance during the Trinidad video shoot with women, cash and champagne galore. In true Champagne Dash fashion, he’s seen showering the video vixens with bottles of champagne, a decision he now regrets at 46 years old.
“When I was young and in hip-hop, I know that disrespecting women, you got a positive response from it,” he shared with TMZ. “When I look at the things like ‘Big Pimpin’’ and I’m embarrassed at it. I would never want my daughter to have to go through that, and if I ever saw my son Boogie doing that we would have some serious issues.”
Dame arrived at the subject after addressing a rumor involving Harvey Weinstein, the infamous film executive currently under fire for a disturbing number of sexual assault allegations. He worked closely with Weinstein for the urban big screen hit Paid In Full, and rumor had it that Dame slapped him over a disagreement. He never explicitly admitted to putting hands on Weinstein, but did admit that “someone did get smacked on the set” and that he refused to allow the film producer to debase Black culture and women.
“When I had daughters, I realized that I wouldn’t never do anything to a girl that I wouldn’t want done to my own daughter,” Dame continued.
His newfound approach to misogyny in hip-hop was recently reiterated after hearing his former business partner’s 4:44 album as well, which Dame said “seems like everything [he’s] speaking about got reflected in that album.”
Relive the Roc-A-Fella classic “Big Pimpin’” and what Dame had to say about its concepts in the videos below.