It’s no secret that Lyor Cohen and Dame Dash are sworn enemies with little chance of reconciliation.
During last week’s interview with Cohen on The Breakfast Club, he refused to acknowledge Dash’s existence and accomplishments despite their previous business relationship when Cohen was president of Def Jam Records, which distributed Dash’s Roc-A-Fella Records from 1996 to 2004. Since then, Dash has gone public in numerous interviews and on social media to vehemently accuse Cohen of being a “culture vulture” in the Hip Hop industry.
On Wednesday (August 8), Dash made an appearance on The Joe Budden Podcast to continue airing his grievances. At the 1 hour and 34-minute mark, Budden asked, “What exactly is a culture vulture, and why is Lyor one?”
Dash cleared his throat to ramp up his six-minute response slamming YouTube’s Global Head of Music.
“A culture vulture is someone that exploits the culture that he’s not a part of, doesn’t benefit the culture and takes care of his culture, and has no respect for the culture he’s exploiting,” Dash said.
He added, “And that’s why Lyor is one because he’s been making money off of our culture: he is not part of it, he’s been exploiting it. Never helping, teaching or anything, doing what’s in the best interest of his own pocket over the culture. And to add insult to injury, he is not accepted in his own culture. He cannot get no money in his own culture so he comes to ours, acts like a big cat, pretends we need him when we don’t.”
This dude is funny… #liarCohen definitely did that…it’s funny no one ever wants to directly answer that question..you are directly responsible for making sure so much good music just never happened so your family could eat…not just with us…ask other artist how must history he just stopped and has the nerve to get on our platform and be so arrogant about it…he doesn’t even think he has to answer…look how he talks to us…on live radio…can you imagine what he says in private… he wouldn’t dare talk to me like that…Lyor I dare your to have a public conversation with me so I can show the world how really stupid you are…how dare you talk our culture like that.,.whoever is not offended really needs to reflect… @nytimes @wwd @tmz_tv @billboard @vanityfair @wsj @theshaderoom @dondivamagazine @vice @complex …I want the smoke bro… y’all wanna make money off rap beef all day…let’s have some ceo beef for a change.,.pause.. on an intellectual level of course…I dare you…let the world see….I dare you… @cthagod thank you for being the only one to finally get near the elephant in the room… @vanlathan let’s make this happen! For the culture! @youtube cut your loses with this dude I hope his mentality isn’t reflective of @youtube I really have to wonder…just saying @culturevultures_book in stores
Dash also referred to Cohen snubbing him during The Breakfast Club interview.
“And if someone even asks him a question, he acts entitled like he did on our platform, and he pretends he owns something that he doesn’t,” Dash said. “And they always try to erase our history and act like the people fighting for us never existed, and I think he flagrantly displayed that in public just because he’s so used to it.”
Later in the interview, Dash took issue with some of Cohen’s former proteges in the rap industry, including Julie Greenwald of Atlantic Records and 300 Entertainment co-founder Todd Moscowitz. But Dash is mainly focused on Cohen and wants to settle his beef with him.
“I want the smoke with Lyor,” Dash said.
Budden responded, “Dame, I’ll be honest — I’m going to try to organize the smoke for you.”
Listen to Budden and Dash’s discussion below.