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During a recent sit-down with Kenyatta Griggs, of Hip Hop Motivation, the rap mogul revealed that it was difficult for him to watch the series, because it triggered memories of his late girlfriend Aaliyah.
According to Dash, while she was alive, the “One In A Million” star was unable to come to terms with the emotional trauma of her relationship with Kelly.
“I watched some of it yesterday, as much as I could tolerate,” Dash says. “I’m not gonna lie, as a human, I was tight. I remember Aaliyah trying to talk about it and she couldn’t. She would just leave it at, ‘That dude was a bad man.'”
Dash also admits that Jay Z’s relationship with R. Kelly ultimately played a role in the demise of his and Jay’s joint business venture, Roc-a-Fella Records. In 2002, Jay and Kelly joined forces for their collaborative album Best of Both Worlds. Dash strongly opposed the project, and claims Jay was aware of Kelly’s alleged abuse of Aaliyah.
“If you remember, The Best of Both Worlds, you don’t see my name on that. I never wanted no parts of that,” he explains. “So, when [Jay Z] was doing that s*** I was like ‘Bro, you know how holmes violated…my girl. He violated a friend of yours.”
While Dame refused to be credited on the album, he says he donated the profits he earned from it to a breast cancer awareness organization which Aaliyah supported.