Here is the skinny:

Combat Jack wrote what seemed to be a pretty honest blog post about his experiences with Damon Dash.

Check that out HERE.

Russell Simmons wrote a piece in defense of Damon Dash on his site Global Grind. Simmons piece seemed to take some subliminal shots at Combat Jack, but its not certain that his remarks were directed squarely at Combat Jack.

Check that out HERE.

Combat Jack took the remarks as a direct attack and to put it lightly, told Simmons to fall back. 

Check that out HERE.

Now I have my own feelings about Damon Dash, some positive and some negative. Clearly he is a complicated man and an even more complicated businessman. Clearly he has a lot of enemies because NEVER in hip-hop history have we seen the media follow a fall from grace with such vigilance…and I want to make clear for the record that while he is clearly falling right now, dude is a home run hitter and I NEVER bet against a home run hitter–Damon Dash might just bounce back and if he does it will be in a really big way. I think its also productive to ask if this guy didn’t matter why would the media be all over him like white on rice?

I think what’s interesting about the exchange between Combat Jack and Russell Simmons is that both of these men are his peers and both are accomplished hip-hop insiders. Here are some random facts/questions to chew on as you read the exchange:

*Love him or hate him, Damon Dash undoubtedly played an instrumental role in breaking Jay-Z, Kanye West and Cam’rom/The Diplomats. 

*How could Jay-Z be the godfather to one of Dash’s kids and these dudes not speak any more? What the hell happened? Was it all about money? 

*The music business is a jungle and its well documented that no one wanted to sign Jay-Z. Did Dash play the role of the bully needed to push Jay-Z to the top?

*What the hell happened to all of Damon Dash’s money? I mean dude must have burning some SERIOUS cash to lose everything.

*Any way you cut it, there is A LOT to be learned from Damon Dash and we are all human.

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