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It’s been almost 12 years since the music world suffered the tragic loss of talented R&B songstress Aaliyah Haughton, who passed away in a plane crash August of 2001. Although the singer has been gone for quite some time now, her memory is kept alive by adoring fans and those who knew her best. During a recent interview on The Combat Jack Show, Roc-A-Fella Records founder and former boyfriend of the late singer opened about losing her and the good times that brought them together.

He expressed that he isn’t exactly sure how he became romantically involved with Aaliyah, they just sort of understood one another.

“I don’t know [how we got involved], just spending time, you know, we just saw things the same and it was new, you know what I mean? Meeting someone that is trying to do the same thing you are doing in the urban market, in the same urban market place but not really being so urban. It was just; her mind was where my mind was. She understood me and she got my jokes. She thought my jokes were funny.”

Dame went on to reveal that next to losing his mother at 15 years old, Aaliyah’s death hurt him more than anything.

“So I felt my worst pain I thought I could feel [after losing my mom], except until Aaliyah died, you know what I’m saying,” said Dash.

Speaking of loss, Dame also discussed his former business partner Jay-Z’s departure from Roc-A-Fella Records. He said that he feels Jay betrayed the company, but added that he doesn’t feel personally betrayed.

“I mean I thought the way Jay carried things was a betrayal to the company, you know what I’m saying? But other then that, nah, not really. I didn’t think the business way things played out, like I was more into the friendship then the business because that’s really what it was for, for me at that point, know what I’m saying? I felt like, you know Roc-A-Fella over all, we had built a brand for ten years. I knew I would be all right, I was trying to get away from it any way but I was afraid for everybody else, which ultimately was the case. I just felt like Roc-A-Fella should still exist. Like Cash Money still exists, like Bad Boy still exist, like every other label still exist.”

Listen to Dame’s full interview below.

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