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Jay Z and Dame Dash Reunion in NYC

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Conflict and confrontation are the narratives that typically drive the hip hop-related stories emerging from the 24-hour news cycle, but this grainy Instagram photo displays a rare moment of reconciliation. Jay Z and Dame Dash were spotted together last night grinning and shaking hands at a birthday party for mutual friend Chaka Pilgrim, representing the first time the two had spoken face to face in almost ten years. The former friends and business partners had founded Roc-A-Fella Records in the mid-'90s, followed by an acrimonious parting of the ways in 2004 when Island Def Jam acquired Roc-A-Fella, and Jay Z, newly installed as Def Jam president, effectively pushed Dash out of the organization. Last night's meetup was a feel-good moment for New York rap fans, but don't expect a full-fledged Roc-A-Fella reunion anytime soon. "I just don't know where we are in our lives -- we're not the same two young men at that time when we gelled that way," Jay told radio channel HOT97's Angie Martinez in July. "We're two different people."