It’s well know that Damon Dash dated Aaliyah and were possibly engaged, but the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder claims Jay Z knew her first… and tried to holler.
While speaking on his Hip Hop Motivation series, he explains.
“So, I was going at her,” Dame says. “But Jay was going at her. And he knew her before I did… It was just a situation where Aaliyah was the type of girl that would give you a shot. She didn’t care what people thought or whatever. So, she’ll date you and be your friend. You might end up in the friend zone. A lot of times that’s what happened. She just wasn’t—Or at least that was my experience…We just hung out. That was my dude.”
According to Dame, he was drawn to Aaliyah because they had a lot of common… and even says both were “very authentic black,” but grew up in non-urban environments.
“She was a girl that had a point of view. And it was like she was known at one time younger for being a little thuggish-looking girl or whatever. But she really acted like somewhat of a non-urban chick. You know what I mean? She just was like a white girl,” says Dame. “When you talked to her it wasn’t no hood sh(t with it at all. Not even a little bit. She understood it. And that was like me, kinda… Overall I went to private school. So, we liked a lot of the same things. We had the same perspective. We were very authentic black. But we had other experiences.”