In 2002, following the success of Jay-Z's hit single "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" on his fifth studio album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, Hova and R. Kelly collaborated together for their first collaborative project Best Of Both Worlds.
Dame Dash was dating Aaliyah at the time of her death in 2001, and admitted in a new interview with Hip Hop Motivation that his friend's decision to do work with R. Kelly helped tear up their relationship and began the fall of Roc-A-Fella Records.
“If you remember The Best of Both Worlds, you don’t see my name on that. I never wanted no part of that,” he said. "I know I’m not f***in’ with that…I knew, morally, we weren’t the same. So, to me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn’t f*** with it. It was something that, to me, I don’t wanna say ‘unforgivable,’ but I couldn’t understand it."
He also addressed how Aaliyah felt about R. Kelly at the time they were dating, and conversations they would have around the subject of sexual assault and the alleged marriage.
“I watched some of it yesterday, as much as I could tolerate,” he said. “I’m not gonna