Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean your friend/business partner isn't looking to cut you out of the mix, or a piece of that Roc-A-Fella pie.
In part 10 of Choke No Joke's web series "The Last Days Of The Roc", Dame Dash gets his first inkling that maybe things between him and partner Jay-Z aren't exactly cool.
Hov called a marketing meeting with Def Jam without informing anyone at Roc-A-Fella. When Dame finds out he storms over to the Def Jam offices and goes ballistic.
He curses out Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen, Vice President Kevin Liles and Randy Acker.
Tired of listening to Dame rant, Liles tells him. "Just go handle your business n*gga." In other words you're barking up the wrong tree.
But Dame is either too angry to think clearly, or too arrogant to understand what was really going on. He was wilding out yelling at everyone over at Def Jam, when the person he should have been talking to was Jay-Z, who initiated the meeting in the first place.
Of course we all know how the story ends. Hov takes the Roc from his two former partners, Dame and Kareem "Biggs" Burke and sets up shop at Def Jam as President and CEO.
Did Jay do Dame dirty? Should Dame have seen it coming? Or was it just business? That's a subject that will be discussed forever.