Yesha Callahan

Open Thread: Do You Agree With Dame Dash’s Interview?


Dame Dash recently sat down to do an interview with The Breakfast Club and even though there was a bit of incoherent rambling and musings about yesteryear, Dash actually had a few good points when it comes to going into business for yourself, rather than working for someone else.

When it came to business, Dash stated that, “Jobs are for lazy people who don’t want to invest in themselves.”

And he may have a point there. Going to work at a 9-to-5 is an easy thing to do. But actually throwing caution to the wind and starting your own business not only takes ambition, but also sacrifice.

“You’re only the boss if you put up your own money. If you don’t put up your own money…I don’t care how much they offer you, you’re nothing but a supervisor. It’s not yours,” Dash stated.


So many people want to walk around acting like they’re the boss at work, but when you work for someone else, are you really?

Watch his full interview below:

Clutchettes, do you agree or disagree with his comments?

  1. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Just based off of this small segment from the interview, Damon reminds me of the “alphas-take fate in your hands-amatuer motivational speakers” that use to flood my FB page (that is, until I deleted them from off of my list).

  2. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    He’s 100% correct..but 2 takeaways: 1. not everyone is fit to be a “boss” 2. the delivery of his message is where he loses people

  3. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    He made some valid points but his delivery was wrong. He can’t tell me that the people who work for him are too lazy to invest in themselves. Not everyone is meant to be a “boss”. That’s the problem with a capitalist economy. Everyone wants to be on top. I say know your purpose and used that to propel yourself and help otters along the way.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply


      Yes! People have to understand that a job/vocation/career may not necessarily be a purpose. We all have purpose, our jobs are just the vehicles to help us get to our true calling. I don’t want to be an entrepreneur as my sole source of income. I find some comfort in my 9-5 but I also know that it’s just a tool for me.

  4. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Did he also wax poetic about being broke, bankruptcy, trashing a mansion about to go into foreclosure by throwing drugs around, etc.

    I may work for other people, but I have never had to beg a judge for time to pay my bills. Not yet anyway-lol

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      I know you wrong. LOL.

    • March 19, 2015 - Reply



      Why would anyone listen to him?

  5. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    The motto I live my life by is “it takes all kinds”. Everyone cannot have their own business. Why? Because someone has to work at these businesses to make them successful. Everyone doesn’t have the entrepreneurial spirit and that is ok. Play to your own personal strengths. Some people can still be very successful and productive as a manager if that is what they are good at. I simply can’t stand people who have to put others down to lift themselves and what they choose to do up.

  6. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    no matter how much money dash has, he’s exactly the type of dude i would never go for. he’s so full of s**t. in one breath you tell people that you don’t keep men around you b/c you only trust women to have your back, but you bring 2 dudes w/you to the studio, pepper your conversation w/mysogynistic gender roles, & then cry about spike lee not wanting anything to do with you. dudes like this get a following b/c they talk in enough circles to make the less intellectual folks dizzy enough to give their money away. talking like money fell out of the sky into his lap. yea ok. he might be somebody’s boss today, but even he had to start somewhere, working for somebody, to make enough money to invest in himself. all the rest of that bravado is just to make himself look good to the people who can’t smell the b/s.

  7. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    First, it would be fair to show where I agree with Damon Dash on and then later show where I disagree with him on. He is right people have the right to own their own resources. Power readily deals with ownership. Black people as ideologically diverse as Dr. Claud Anderson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, etc. want black people to be empowerment as a way for us as a community to control our own destinies. There is nothing wrong with power if it is used correctly. There is nothing wrong with black people building our own infrastructure and standing up for our own interests (as long as we promoted selflessness. Selfishness contributed to the Great Depression of 1929 and the current global recession I our generation of the 21st century).

    Also, there is nothing wrong with a person owning a business as long as workers are treated right and the economics of the business is dealt with in a legitimate way. Here is what he is wrong at. He called workers lazy collectively. Workers built this nation in many ways. It was the workers in jobs that help America to have legitimate work days, to have safety standards, to have a banning of abusive child labor practices, and to grow the minimum wage. Labor has dignity and to call people with jobs lazy is disrespectful. Also, many qualified people struggle to get jobs, so not all jobs are easily attainable. One aspect of the black African cultural tradition is about cooperation and unity. Cooperative economics and progressive economic insights can help our people.

    We should always reject culthroat, laissez faire capitalism. That version of capitalism has exploited not only Africans, but oppressed the workers of the world. If we want to be free, then we should sham workers in an inappropriate way. We want to sham the policies of oligarchy and advocate economic justice for all people. That’s the point. Neoliberal capitalism has caused endless wars environmental degradation, colonialism, neo-colonialism (as the resources of Africa and the South are exploited by the one percent at the expense of the masses of the workers) and economic instability, which has resulted in the deaths of over 1 billion human beings in the past five centuries according to the researcher Asad Ismi. The crisis of capitalism has influenced the existence of the modern recession since 2007.

    There is a massive transfer of money from the poor to the super wealthy (while they have corporate welfare handouts). We must fight poverty since we can never be liberated unless the poor of our community are liberated. Liberation is about empowering the workers and allowing power to be in the hands of the masses of the people.

  8. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    I felt most of what he was saying was him trying to psyche himself up. He may have had some decent points to make, but he was way too aggressive and sensitive which obscured his valid points.

    Regarding not having a boss, he was dead wrong. Everyone if they have income coming in, have a boss or multiple bosses, even if they own their own business. Board of directors, Investors, customers, partners, etc.. all of who can fire you or stop your income. If we are in business, there are people we are accountable to.

    Daman does have a great entrepreneurial attitude, which is obviously reason for his past success, but he is also self distructive which explains why he has a negative net worth.

    Lots of people working for other people have legacy they can pass onto their kids, some have expensive homes and multiple six figure fortunes. Currently all he has is debt.

    Overall some may have felt he sounded good and won on the radio, but i would much rather win at life.

  9. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    i disagree with his statement because you need workers, all these entrepreneurs need workers, you cannot run a business alone and if everyone is an entrepreneur one man/woman show who is going to help them? he hired people had help, what if he didnt? and everyone became an entrepreneur who would actually oversee the day to day operations. I guarantee rockafella would not have become a major business with just him, jay z and that other dude doing everything.

    What if everyone owned a grocery store instead of working in it? what we are going to do have a bunch of those automated machines everywhere? what about teachers? every teacher is suppose to open her own school? supersaturation , too many teachers not enough kids. what about police officers, firefighters? start your own department. we’ve seen how quickly and devastatingly wild wild west justice is.

    i just feel everyone has a part and everyone cannot be nor should be an entrepreneur, society just wouldnt function like that. to call people who work to help others should not be called lazy because of it. I hope he was more so saying more people not everyone should try to start a business but idk because i didnt hear the interview. also my comment doesnt not speak to people acting like they are the boss of something. Just like in a beehive there is a queen, there are workers and each play a role in sustaining the hive, one cannot survive without the other

  10. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    I will repeat. If you are making money, you are accountable to someone else or a group of people.

  11. March 21, 2015 - Reply

    «Saving money is for suckers» Dame Dash.

    What a brilliant moron!

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