[Update] Damon Dash Accused of Selling Liquor Without A License

Damon Dash is under fire for allegedly selling liquor without a license at his former space DD172 in downtown Manhattan.

According to the Village Voice, Dash was hit with six counts of violating New York’s liquor code at his property, which just closed for operation last June.

In a legal document obtained by The Voice, it reads that the violations “were conducted in an open and notorious manner and the operators of this establishment appear to have evinced a ‘business as usual’ attitude in the subject premises.”

Located at 172 Duane Street, the building, which played host to various art events, jam sessions with rappers like Curren$y, Mos Def, Jim Jones and others, and parties, was considered a nuisance to many of the area’s residents.

“Damon Dash was a terrible neighbor,” one man, who wished to remain nameless, told The Voice. “It was always super loud, super noisy, tons of garbage in the street. All these 18-year-old kids smoking and drinking—real thugs. They were disrespectful to the neighborhood.”

When reached by XXLMag.com a rep for Dash offered no comment.

Stay tuned to XXL as the story develops. —Elan Mancini

Update: After a court appearance yesterday, a judge agreed to drop the charges, according to the Village Voice, as long as Dash and the owners of 172 Duane Street agree to abide by the liquor laws cooperate with police and provide security when hosting events in the future.

  • $yk

    “Located at 172 Duane Street, the building, which played host to various art events, jam sessions with rappers like Curren$y, Mos Def, Jim Jones and others, and parties, was considered a nuisance to many of the area’s residents.

    “Damon Dash was a terrible neighbor,” one man, who wished to remain nameless, told The Voice. “It was always super loud, super noisy, tons of garbage in the street. All these 18-year-old kids smoking and drinking—real thugs. They were disrespectful to the neighborhood.”

    ^

    Translation: “We don’t want Blacks around our our apartments so we did what was ever necessary to get them the hell away from us”.

    Many of those residences are high rent closets, where you have to live like you’re at the library to keep OTHERS happy. AND…most of them got a stimulus package to move down there after 9/11 (it ain’t far from Ground Zero).

    So let me pose this question…who’s worse? The so called thugs who were spending money in the neighborhood, or the neighbors, who want others to abide by THEIR code of living?

    BTW, NYC is always super noisy with trash in the streets…

    • CARTEL

      I concur…LOL

      • huh?

        you obviously arent from nyc… duane st, despite being ridiculously treney and ridiculously expensive is very very racially mixed, and the white ppl there definatley are NOT racist, annoying yes (think pitchfork hipsters with tons of paper) but definatley not racist) …. the chances that the person giving the quote was white are 40-50 percent at the most…

        the kids hanging out at dames spot were a little out of place—kanye been patterning himself after the duane st/soho vibe these days to give u an idea of what its like–the kids hanging with dame were on some “tryna act like odd future” type shit… they just seemed dumb and immature honestly…definatley wasnt racial—mos def has his biggest follwing in that area…but its not a place for entourages and talentless weed carriers to be violating the surroundings, that shit aint gonna fly over there

  • http://www.theurbanfashionweek.com Billy

    come on itlike Damon is the only one that throw parties without a liqiuor Lic. I think after they leave a white artie company with thru parties with wine and cheese with a tip jar is the same thing, come on stop it!
    As the street say it “come on man”

  • Aaron

    why is damon dash being treated like a clown , a thug, some one who never did no good…..Jay Z has made millions and looked at as a hero!…Dame you my hero do you!…fuck SOHO!

  • http://www.ofromdablockgsny.com O. From da Block

    Fuck’em hating crackers!

    • js

      Fuck’em hating niggers!

  • TicNitty706

    Stop making excuses for stupid sounding situations. If you have a respectable peaceful neighbor hood you wouldn’t want a bunch of loud carless mofo’s hanging at your doorstep either. And nigga’s need to stop speaking for brothas and sistas. Why is ig’nant shit like a code of respect with dumb niggas? I know why, just ask yourself please.

  • $yk

    so I got the expensive part right, the location right, even dropped a jewel on how they got people to start living back downtown…but obviously I’m not from NY…OK, I’ll let you tell it…

    and to the other person above me, it’s Manhattan,NYC…many OFFICE buildings were converted to RESIDENTIAL dwellings…gatherings happen EVERYWHERE…a lot of times it isn’t young Black kids…people from Jersey & Connecticut & PA come and party in NYC too…tourists always populate the island…I thought y’all were smart enough to see the undertones when someone uses thugs

  • TicNitty706

    Well if the whole enviroment is pretty much use to that type of situation then I see where you are coming from. I’m thinking its a “quiet” suburb or str8 bizness area.

    Still Dame is a grown ass man who should know the game very well. Why play the game when you know winning is not in your favor at all. You know them folks do not want your kind of company around there so you just seemingly allow them to hang all out in the street and shit? What you do inside your establishment is your biz but when its comes outside be aware of the surroundings.

    • $yk

      Fam you just described most of the city…you could be waiting for the bus in front of their building and they would still complain…some people there feel their money determines what you should do…and that’s why I go into detail when these news things come up…because out of town people can’t really scope the true situation…they read the headline & story…and that’s not a put down by any means…

      good for Dame…