Damon Dash says Jay-Z stole the streaming rights to debut album: suit

He’s got 99 problems and Jay-Z is most of them.

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash has accused his former business partner Jay-Z of stealing the streaming rights to his first album in a new $1 million lawsuit — less than a month after Dash was sued by the rapper over the same record.

The 50-year-old music producer filed a summons in Manhattan Supreme Court late Tuesday suing Jay-Z, whose full name is Shawn Carter, for allegedly transferring the streaming rights to the album “Reasonable Doubt” without authorization to S. Carter Enterprises LLC, a company solely owned by the rapper.

The one-page filing does not include a complaint — a legal document that usually lays out detailed allegations.

“Reasonable Doubt” was Jay-Z’s debut album released in 1996. Dash, Jay-Z and Kareem Burke founded the hip-hop label Roc-A-Fella Records together in 1995.

Jay-Z, through Roc-A-Fella records, sued Dash last month, claiming that the music exec tried to sell the album, which launched his successful rap career, as a non-fungible digital token (NFT) without permission.

A judge issued a temporary order blocking Dash from selling “Reasonable Doubt” as an NFT — a digital asset that represents ownership of a real-life asset, whether it be art, music, videos, social media posts or sports highlights.


That case is still pending in Manhattan federal court.

Jay-Z’s lawyer declined to comment.

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