The whole Internet has been chattering about the reunion of former Roc-A-Fella partners Jay Z and Dame Dash, who’d been estranged for years after their business relationship and friendship disintegrated. For hip-hop heads, finally seeing them together was shocking, to say the least.
According to sources who attended the birthday party for Chaka Pilgrim (a long time Roc-A-Fella Records employee, now Roc Nation executive) in Brooklyn, the atmosphere was jovial yet unsteady, until the Roc-A-Fella Records founders finally spoke to one another.
There didn’t seem to be a clear cut “this person approached this person” introduction, but rather the happenstance that the two once best friends ended up in each other’s space.
The handshake was offered by Dame (which can be seen in various pictures floating on Instagram and Twitter), and the laughs ensued. What was actually said to one other is also not clear, but judging from the pics, a few jokes were exchanged. Some of the most poignant moments captured were interchangeable shots of Dame and Jay with Beyonce, Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua (Former Roc-A-Fella A&R), Roc Nation artist J. Cole and a year-book style group shot of the original Roc-A-Fella staff.
One anonymous attendee stated, “The scene was good for everyone there. Once Jay and Dame interacted, things seemed to smooth out. It was good to see them speaking.”