Damon Dash (born May 3, 1971) is an American entrepreneur; the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Kareem 'Biggs' Burke. Roc-A-Fella, specializing almost exclusively in hip-hop music, branched out with several spin-off ventures into other fields as well, notably hip-hop fashion (Rocawear Clothing) and films. Born in East Harlem, Dash attended private school until the death of his mother when he was 15; in order to 'honour her memory', he used his inheritance to go to a boarding school in Connecticut. After meeting Jay-Z and Kareem 'Biggs' Burke and attempting to release Jay-Z's records, Dash helped found Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995. As CEO he acted as a sponsor for the Hard Knock Life festival, and produced the documentary Backstage recorded during the tour. He also signed Victoria Beckham in 2003, producing an album with her. The same year saw him found an imprint of Roc-A-Fella with Jay-Z named Roc Music, designed for 'R&B, alternative, pop and rock artists'.
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