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December 28 · Issue #88 · View online
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One of the few things giving me hope going into 2019 is the fact that Dame Dash is still out here beefing with Funkmaster Flex and Lyor Cohen on Instagram. If only Combat Jack were still around to give Dame a platform to air his grievances at length.
Not that Dame has anything new to add, that I’m aware of. As far as I can tell, this is the exact same beef from years ago. Dame is still pissed at Lyor for driving a wedge between him and Jay-Z, and for having a bootleg Curren$y album pulled from the iTunes Store (which might not even be a thing that exists anymore).
On YouTube the other day, Dame posted a video that purported to explain his beef with Lyor and Flex. It was just a clip from his second appearance on The Combat Jack Show, not the one where he teased Just Blaze for wearing fake jerseys, the one where he spent a good two hours ranting and raving about how he wouldn’t want to have a job, or save money. (Some of us don’t have the option!)
I noticed there were a few things that didn’t make it into the final edit of the podcast, including things Combat may have been told in confidence, and a few things Dame seems to have edited out, including the part where he said he admired Russell Simmons for the number of models he banged. I guess I can’t blame him for the latter. Just because you don’t have a boss doesn’t mean you can’t end up out of a job.
Dame’s beef with Flex is that, back in 2K14, when Dame was putting people on notice in Instagram captions, Flex jumped in caping for Lyor and Interscope exec Joey IE, who started out bringing Flex scarves and water, before beating out several more qualified black men to become president of Def Jam after Jay-Z bounced and the guy filling in for him ate a bullet.
This current iteration of the beef apparently stems from a pic of Flex and Lyor at an event the other day. Flex, who claims to not know Lyor, was hired to DJ at an event for YouTube Music, the obscure streaming music service run by Lyor. The idea that Flex is still out here getting money with Lyor must have triggered Dame. People with emotional issues tend to be especially sensitive during the holidays, which is why I try to make sure there’s plenty of alcohol at family functions.
I checked Dame’s Instagram just now, and it looks like there’s at least 10 or 15 posts on Flex in the past few days. I wasn’t about to read the captions for all of them. It’s just not in a black man’s nature to conduct that level of research on a holiday weekend. I did listen to a few minutes of Flex’s response, on the radio, on some other guy’s YouTube channel. In it, Flex argues that if it weren’t for Lyor Jay-Z would have been another Mic Geronimo. Damn. (Fortunately, it’s quite possible that Mic Geronimo doesn’t have a smartphone.)
Former Loud Records exec Steve Rifkind got involved, after Dame posted a video of Louis Farrakhan explaining that white record execs, who are oftentimes Jewish, look for opportunities to rip off black performers. This is literally true, but the optics were no good, what with the recent controversies surrounding the Women’s March and Marc Lamont Hill getting let go from CNN. In a DM, Rifkind got on Dame for the Farrakhan clip. Dame responded that he didn’t mean all Jewish record execs, just the thieving ones. LOL
The good thing about Dame not having a job is that he doesn’t have to sweat Lyor, or Rifkind, making a few phone calls, accusing him of quoting Hamas. The bad news is that he might not have a platform better than Instagram. I need Dame Dash on a podcast expounding on his views on culture vultures, and I need it yesterday. Will any of today’s top podcasts, many of which are hosted by failed major label rappers, be willing to run the risk of running afoul of Lyor? We can only hope.
Take it easy in 2019,

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