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A lot has changed in Dame Dash's life since Roc-A-Fella Records split apart in 2004. One of his former partners, Kareem "Biggs" Burke, is doing time after being sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana.
His other former partner, Jay-Z, has moved on to achieve enormous success in both his business ventures and music career.
Dame has had to bounce back from well documented financial problems. In 2011 he admitted to owing the IRS more than $2 million.
"I owe way more than $2 million in taxes," Dame explained in an interview with Sway in the Morning. "That must have just been the IRS -- Nah, nah, I'm f*cked up...It's the price of business; it is what it is. I owe taxes: I got to pay. They're auditing me. When you're a business man, you have a lot of businesses, a lot of times they think you're laundering money or you're pretending you're writing things off that you don't. I'm a true businessman. As you know, I believe in my independence, I have no partners, so every dollar I make goes right back into every business I have."
In a new interview with GlobalGrind's Sharon Carpenter, the Harlem native talks about what he is up to now.
Dame owns an art gallery in New York, is the CEO of Bluroc Records, owns two magazines, has a motor oil business (Dash Motors) and runs the website DD172. When asked if he missed the Roc-A-Fella days he said not at all.
"Hell no... Only because I'm 41 right? Being in a rap environment is mostly being around a lot of men," Dame explained. "And they're young men, and they're aggressive. I'd prefer to be in fashion, a place where there is art. A place where there's no bullets and no security. I don't miss those days, but I know for the age I was - I was in my 20's. I was having a lot of fun."
Dame looks at what Kanye West and Hov have been able to accomplish since the split and he's happy because he feels like he played a big part in what they have become.
"Look at Jay-Z, look at Kanye. Every success they have I'm proud of," he says. "Every time I see them on television I know what I did."
Even though Dame says his business partnership with Jay-Z was a success he still isn't quite sure what happened to their friendship.
"I need Dr. Phil for that one."