Dame and Aaliyah's relationship grew from a friendship that had sprung when they met through his accountant close to 2000.
Soon thereafter the couple was inseparable, smooching in snapshopts and roaming from movie premieres, softball games to the Hamptons.
Dash "learned to hustle", in his own words, from the example of his mother, who died of an asthma attack when he was 15.
But she really acted like somewhat of a non-urban chick.
Quickly after wrapping up her first film "Romeo Must Die," which she also executive produced the soundtrack to, Aaliyah began working on her second film, "Queen of the Damned." "She was always working and shooting movies.
She was always gone for like four months at a time, then come back and be gone for another month.
Photos: Aaliyah and Her Famous Friends "She was intelligent and she caught me," Dash tells The Juice.
"I'm the kind of guy who says things sometimes just to make myself laugh, but she would just catch me making jokes for me. She had a very quick mind and a very kind heart." During most of their relationship, Dame and Aaliyah were working on individual projects.