On May 3, 1971, Damon Anthony Dash was born in New York City. Because his mother passed away from an asthma attack when he was just 15 years old, he is claimed to have sold used newspapers and cleaned barbershop floors as a teenager in order to pay for new clothes for himself.
He first met the well-known R&B artist Aaliyah in 1999. He later proposed to her, but regrettably, she died in a plane tragedy in 2001. Later on, he wed the fashion designer Rachel Roy, with whom he had two more kids.