Dame Dash

source: The Juice

Thursday marks ten years since we were struck with the devastating news that one of music’s most talented artists, Aaliyah, had died in a small plane crash in The Bahamas.

One of Aaliyah’s close friends was her boyfriend, music mogul, Damon Dash. “My heart was broken. Nothing prepares you for that,” Dash tells’s The Juice.

Dame and Aaliyah’s relationship grew from a friendship that had sprung when they met through his accountant close to 2000. Soon thereafter the couple was inseparable, smooching in snapshopts and roaming from movie premieres, softball games to the Hamptons.

At the time of her passing the 22-year old Aaliyah’s acting and singing careers were skyrocketing. And Dame Dash was still running Roc-A-Fella Records, so the couple spent a lot of time apart. But Dame says that when they were together everything was perfect.

“The energy we created together for people to observe was kind of crazy. We’d be in a room full of people talking to each other and it felt like everyone was listening but it would be just us. It would be like we were the only ones in the room,” Dash says. “It was like something was going down in history every time I was with her. Every time I was around her I felt it was the place to be. Our time together meant so much that when we got more time, we felt like that [engagement] would be next. She was one of the best people I ever met. Even with the pain I felt, I would do it all over again.”

From left to  right: Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Jay-Z , Dame Dash

via HipHopWired

A rap mogul who helped launch Jay-Z‘s career was busted Friday with 43 other people when the feds rolled up a drug ring that controlled much of the pot market in the city.

According to the New York Post, Roc A Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke was arrested this morning along with 43 other people in a massive drug investigation spanning up and down the East Coast.

Also notably nabbed in the dragnet was Matthew Stang, a writer and senior ad rep at High Times magazine.

According to the paper, the 44 arrests, which followed an 18-month investigation into the lengthy drug network headed by Geovanny “Manny” Rodriguez Perez – resulted in $1 million in seized profits and 177 pounds of marijuana.

Pictured above: Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Beanie Sigel, Dame Dash

(From l.) Matthew Woodstock Stang, Kareem 'Diggs' Burke and alleged ring leader Manuel Rodriguez are taken in custody from 26 Federal Plaza Friday.

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Steve Rifkind explains how Havoc (Mobb Deep) lit up a blunt and caused a fire alarm during their first meet.

Steve talks about the first time he met Melanie Fiona and thought her manager was “breath-takingly beautiful”.

Dame Dash as a 16 year old was a “cocky motherfucker”. He came into Steve’s office shouting and screaming with his cousin.

Then Steve tells me two stories about how he threw a chair out of the window and was escorted out of the building in handcuffs over a Wu Tang record and how he almost had a fight with a label President because they wouldn’t sign Jay-Z.

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