During a recent interview on The Domenick Nati Show, the music mogul claimed the media was exploiting ‘Ye’s alleged mental issues when they should be giving a platform to positive figures instead. Specifically, Dame believes the media should be covering him.
“I think it's very clear that there's an imbalance. And I don't think people should take advantage of the imbalance just to bring awareness to their platforms,” he said about the media’s coverage of ‘Ye. “[Kanye] already said he's bipolar. If you give a bipolar man a mic, I don't know what you expect. I don't think it's fair. He said it on television, he's on meds, so what else is there to talk about?”
Dame continued: “It's funny, when the press knows someone's gonna say something stupid, they're quick to pass them a mic and put a camera on them, and everybody talk about it. But they're not so fast to do that when they know someone’s gonna say something smart, because ain’t nobody throwing me a mic.”
Dame went on to list several of his recent accomplishments, such as his efforts to spread diabetes awareness, as well as his independent movie studio and streaming service. He then suggested that the only way he would get coverage is if he was facing financial or legal issues.
“You understand? You rock with that, man. That’s how you give people with negativity a platform to be contagious,” Dame explained. “I think that’s where the problem is.”
He was then questioned about Jay Z’s recent subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the 2007 sale of Rocawear. Dame left Rocawear in 2005, about six years after he and Jay co-founded the brand.
“For me, on a personal level, it’s entertaining,” he said. “I feel like there were some real injustices done with me over there. I can say this: This is the year of ‘I told you so.’ […] I saw the iceberg, and nobody saw it.”
As previously reported, the SEC is trying to determine if Iconix Brand Group—the company that purchased Rocawear for $204 million over a decade ago—violated trade law through its accounting practices. Investigators are demanding Jay testify about his involvement with the Rocawear brand, as well as provide details about the money he received from Iconix.
Dame said he jumped shipped after he realized Rocawear was just “temporary.”
“If Rocawear's hood is being looked under, I'm curious to see what they find,” he said, before he was asked about Jay’s alleged attempts to avoid testifying. “Sounds like some Donald Trump shit to me.”
You can listen to the full interview below.