Roc-A-Fella co-founders Damon Dash and Jay-Z have a history of their decades-long feud. The legal feud between the former Roc-A-Fella Records founders erupted when Damon attempted to mint the famed rapper’s June 1996 debut album as an NFT. Jay-Z and Damon Dash have reached an impasse over the rights to Jay’s landmark album, Reasonable Doubt.
Damon claims to own a third of the record, along with Jay-Z and the other co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Damon Dash attempted to sell his rights in June 2021, but Jay-Z and his lawyers blocked the auction and sued Damon Dash.
Jay-Z and his legal team argued that Damon is simply a shareholder in the corporation RAF, Inc., which owns and manages the Reasonable Doubt asset. Jay-Z said that Damon had no authority to sell a corporate asset. The couple and their legal team attempted to resolve the difficulties, but the talks ended in an impasse. AllHipHop reported Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro revealing about the impasse.
RAF, Inc. and Defendant Damon Dash have reached an impasse and are unable, at this time, to reach a stipulation to resolve their claims and counterclaims.
Spiro said they will pursue a summary judgement against Damon Dash. According to Alex Spiro, Damon has admitted to “his lack of ownership stake in Reasonable Doubt” through litigation. Jay-Z and his lawyers intend to request that a judge dismiss Damon’s allegation that they destroyed his deal because there is no “genuine dispute of material fact.” The legal battle will resume in June when Roc-A-Fella Records formally files for a summary judgement against Damon Dash.
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