Jay-Z came into the rap game with his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996. When no studio had faith in him, the now legendary rap artist began selling CDs out of his car. Along with Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, the trio founded Roc-A-Fella Records, and after striking a deal with Priority, “Reasonable Doubt” was released. While Dash eventually served as Jay-Z’s manager, the two split up after Def Jam bought out Roc-A-Fella Records. Now, a recent settlement has decided the faith of the original album both men had worked together on.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Dash and the record label have agreed on terms of not auctioning off Jay-Z’s debut album. Under the agreement, no individual shareholder would be allowed to sell the album as an NFT. This also means that Jay-Z himself isn’t allowed to auction off the album because the label owns it.
Roc-A-Fella initially filed the suit against Dash last year. According to TMZ, Dash was trying to mint the album as a non-fungible token and wanted to sell it to the highest bidder. Knowing how much J-Zay’s popularity and influence had grown since 10996, there is reason to believe that Dash would’ve made a lot of money if he could sell the album.
After Dash split from Roc-A-Fella, he founded a media collective called DD172. J-Zay, in the meantime, has become one of the most celebrated rap artists in the game. As for “Reasonable Doubt,” it seems the record label will be keeping it safe for now.
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