Jay-Z Confirms His Independence

With rumors swirling around Jay’s Def Jam contract buyout, Hov exclusively spoke to Rap Radar to confirm the speculation.

Jay-Z: I can honestly say, working with Doug Morris and LA Reid has been a unique and fulfilling experience and I respect them immensely. I’ve been in the family for almost my entire career.

Doug and I spoke directly and had one of the most unique “negotiations” ever. Doug won the toss but, we both won in the end.

I thank him for allowing me to be a completely independent artist. Not every artist can say they own or are given the opportunity to own all of their music.

YN: What is this coin toss about?
Jay-Z: That takes a phone conversation, I’ll save it for our interview… classic.

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  • BP3 is coming!!

    5 million, really? Couldnt he release some Greatest Hits album via Def Jam??

  • Truth Be Told

    looks like dame and biggs are the only losers in that deal.

  • Coolhand Luke

    “What’s a little me on top gon hurt? Maybe a little but…” At the end of the day 5 mil is chump change for Jay. His pockets will be koo.

  • JAY

    greatest hits album was already released back then few years ago i think

    and now he will sell this blueprint III

    for his roc nation ink (ten albums deals)

    so that BP3 will be the first album for “ROC NATION”

  • rocstar

    5 mil to hov is what $3500 is to the average person

  • WT

    Is a white dude.

  • Damn!

    It’s no fun when the rabbit has the gun! GO Jay! RULE THE WORLD>>>I’ll have no choice but to follow. But I’ll like it :)

  • JAY AKWAYS ON TOP REGARDLESS!!

    O WELL MOVING ON TO BIGGER & BETTER THINGS IS SUPERB, ESPECIALLY WITH B BY UR SIDE; HANG IN THERE IT’S GON B ALRIGHT I LOVE DEREON & ROCAWEAR

  • YOUNG KURT LOADER

    MORE MONEY FOR HOV. THAT 5 MILLI WAS A SELF INVESTMENT. HOV BALLIN HARD ITS ONLY THE SECOND QUARTER.

  • c…

    All he[they]are going to do is diverse cash between more music, film and sports. Brilliant. My Jay-Z collection? Best investments of my life.

  • JD

    First and foremost I have to say I don’t know any other artist especially rap artist who is as bright as he is. Face it he’s got the game wrapped up. From 400 k of his own money to almost a Billi. I don’t think he minds the 5 mil buy out. Face it scared money don’t make money. This dude is gonna be even better considering that he gets all the mula for his albums now that he is under his own label. Do da damn thing Hova. When Labron comes to the Nets and you move them to Brooklyn there is another business venture he will be successful at.

  • No Alias: Radese Vernell Savage

    Hello,

    I would like to make this breif, I was attracted and proud of one of the most prominent stars in this Country. Yes,his name is Jay Z(Shaunn Carter). Unfortunalty, certain things that have happend within this past year, that have made me come to the realazation that some Big Time Celebraties are like under cover thieves!!. They have this suttle, sometimes mean swagger about themselves, that can blow your mind away, literally. I had a close encounter with a Big Time Celebraty, a bad encounter that is,and now this star has yet to try to make any arrangements or come foward about his/her mistakes!!!! (The nerve of some people). What is the meaning of this?,and just think we look up to these people, we spend our hard earned money on thier items, so they can keep thier star status. The every day hard working people,that’s right,the no-body’s. This man/woman has made my my life a living hell. Well,atleast 75% of time,just within this past year and I thought very highly of this person. There are so many different faces we all carry, sometimes some people have so many, they have become well aware as to when and what face to use!. The celebraties that we see on T.V are not real, they represent something that we all would like to have, money, power, and fame!. The secret’s that some of these stars have,the private lives that they have to keep and some things that they experince that no one is even aware about. I know for a fact that one day I will get the kind of responce, or an apology that I am owed, it’s only fair, right!. I don’t want this Country to be so caught up into these celebraties that we as our indivials can not become our own under cover thieves.

    Thank You.

    sighned,

    Used To Be A Fan

  • just another girl from around the way

    HEY JUST WANNA SAY I HOPE JAY COMES TO THE HOOD FOR SOME OF HIS ARTIST BECAUSE SOME OF HIS PEOPLE ARE THROWING HARD AND CANT FIND A RECORD COMPANY OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER TO CARRY THEM AND RESORT TO THE STREETS.

    SO HOPEFULLY JAY BRINGS HOPE BACK TO THE NYC HOODS AND PICKS UP SOME ARTIST FROM THE FIVE BOROUGHS AND BEYOND.

    I SAW JAY IN SPEED AND HE WAS REAL NEUTRAL AND CAME THROUGH BY HISELF , I RESPECT AND WISH HIM AND HIS FAMILY ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Hip Hop Venue

    Jay an indie artist?

    It dont get no better than that.

  • HeavySpitter

    Jay needs to hurry and drop that blueprint…

    but in the mean time… http://www.heavyspitter.com

  • Ohsosignature

    damn and jay is getting back together now without all these other execs just like they planned Watch

  • Motswako

    Finally de king has landed n lets hail Hov. He once said his a Business not a business man.. With the lyks (Yfm) Dj Sbu of South Afrika wil be happy of his accolades.. Yo last fan.

  • figit

    So who’s the next president…

    Michael Berrin?

    hiphopgeeks.com

  • da

    jay? stop lettin these old whyte men touch on ur wife so much. I mean she ain’t none o my girl or nothin but she would be so off limits to the geezer groupie ceo and talk show host. perverts! get off the queen. breath my dudes, we all need it. bag back…! smh

  • Radese Vernell Savage

    Which one shall I become today:
    The Notzo, The Prominant One, The Exstreamist, or The one had gotten trapped into all of this.

    I finally have realized that there are some people that can play the game very well, including myself, but I do not like to cheat,Cheaters are for loosers. I was cheated out of a third of my life, not knowing how the out come was going to be , unfortuanalty there were certains people that I was playing the game with that new the outcome ahead of time( WOW!). All I can say, after all this time, is I am waiting for some celebraties( including Jay Z), to try to focus more on becoming or staying a positive role model in the community. I will never understand why. . . but I do understand that some people are just good at what they do, no matter how they go about getting the job done!.
    P.S. Waiting for a rematch, Ha! Ha!.

  • http://rudash12aol.com Rdaese Savage

    I have been waitng to give some feedback, on some things, then I will come back, and tell whether or not, I want to go or stay. The last time I was on this websitem, yu have acomplished a few things, congradulations on the baby. You have managed to open a new arena for people over in Brooklyn, and you have, a chance to acomplish a few more things, I have bee doing the sma emy self. A fan, but now it is in a differnt way, I have been shown things, without actually seing them. Best of luck of luck, in the future, I will be there, but you may not see much, or may not see me at all. Radese aka Ms. Bane’i.

  • http://[email protected] Radese -Ms. Bane’i

    Hello, By now the time as come for me to say, ” Good Bye”. I’m just kidding but I finally got my re-match and I see that it was a tie!!. I have been through so much with you all, . . . the gossip , the lies, the rumors, you know who you are. The last time I made a comment about any thing it was on 10/10/2012, and I was commenting on how I would wish you the best of Luck. I still do, as well as the other entertainers. For me, things will never be the same now and I am not sure if I will ever have the chance. If however, I had the chance I am not sure as to how I would even approach you. Jay Z, you are a man of many faces, you are an Entrepreneuer, an Entertainer, Music Rapper, . . . a father, a husband, a friend to some, as well as a Professional. At times you and your counter parts can do a marvelous, job and I hope that you stay focused as always, with not so much of a grudge, and let those certain ones continue to enspire you, as well as carry you through the tough times( like now). For the remaining of you all, continue to strive and do the same, no matter what. Always do your job appropriatly, no matter what the situation may call for. I not sure when or if we will ever meet, the way some of would like to ( ex. at the birthday party) and get a chance to work out any differences, or just remain. I hope that being prominant will mean something in this Country, and not just have it continue to be exposed as some kind of joke. I will try to ge back to the sight as soon as possible, in the mean time, . . . Peace.

  • Radese Savage

    Hello, . . . I am back comley. Awaiting to get the news about PROBALLY becoming one of you all, a Celebratie YES!. I have been through the herdace and pain, and I am tired still of the few lies rumors that are out there., I am trying my best to clean up my reputation and I have been wanting to give my apologies. I have given my inputs( ideas) I have been humble, I have been strong,still the loud mouth, why?. I am awaiting to hear my some good news, finallly, a break,. . . so I can finally walk up to you Jay Z, and either shake your and or roll my eyes, and keep going!!. Congradulations on the baby, to you and Beyonc’e best of luck, Radese aka Ms. Bane’i.

  • http://[email protected] Radese Savage

    Hello, and still awaiting, . . .

    Now, that I realize that certain things just will never ever be the same, or that they can be the same(80″s, thanks you all) or even change. I am not sure what the future may hold for all of us, but I hope it is something, good to where Rap Raddar can continiue to bring in topics, and discussions to the table the way I have. So, please continue to log on, and read up dates, as well as make comments, . . . Peace.

  • http://[email protected] Radese Savage

    Hello, Rap Radar

    Awaiting, almost near death, . . . . what is the problem, and what is taking so long. No good out come, means it will be a waiste of time. I would have thought by now, I would have gotten my voice on a demo, a background singer for one of you rappers. A high pitch note, maybe a suprano?, . . . . “speed it up, speed it up, . . . . I am raping as fast as I can”. Jay, Busta, Fifty, Nicki, Drake, Run, M.C. Lyte, Dougie Fresh, Dr. Drea, Eminem, there are so many of you out there, I will get the chance one day, . . . I can fell it.
    Seriously, All jokes aside, it is time to get to back to work. I am tired of the hurt, the pain, the curruption, the scandal ,the lies, the gossip, the rumors, . . . we be the Kings and Queens of our Caslte’s and let the rest forceed!. Is it really in us, all of us, or just some of us, . . . . to gain that high power status, . . . is it really in us, to want , to dream, and to do what ever it takes to stay on top and succeed!!.
    Until next Rap Raddar,
    Peace,
    Ms. Bane’i.

  • Ms. Bane’i

    Just left New York, and did not get a chance to meet and greet any of you all. Still the same problem as before, . . . Labron came though, and made just one score, a doll, a jewel, a fragance, a plot or a plan. How in the world am I going to get throught this,. . . this game, I forseek to keep being in?. As Nikki would say, same as I have said before, ” we be the Kings and Queens of our Castle, . . . ” so why am I still here runnin around with all this hastle.

  • Radese

    I would like to give a, “hi” to MC Lyte, from Radese in Cleveland, Ohio. As you recently said, ” you men out there, we need you”. on a BET special that just premiered in 6/2014. Boys like Georgey Porgy Pumpkin Pie, who kissed the girls and made them cry, probably never really understood why the girls did cry, and the girls who did kiss Georgey Porgy Pumpkin Pie that didn’t cry, he never understood that either, or all of them never liked him in the first place!.
    You know, one day, I met a man named, “Money” which is Spanish for ” Dinero”. Hoping and thinking and hoping that would become the man of my dreams. Come to find out he was actually stealing my dreams. Never knew that such a handsome Italian man could be such a thief, and when all was said and done, he turned my dreams into his own 20 Million Dollar checking account!.
    Until next time, ha, ha and peace.
    Ms. Bane’i

  • Radese savage

    Hello, I am back again, . . . still awaiting Jay. You could be the just the thing that I need to get my life back, on track, or is it really just a dream?. Ms. Bane’i. A name that I find quite confusing at times, still not sure what the future may bring here in a place like this, but I’m trying my best to keep my life in line, but, boy o boy, I’m starting to get pissed!. These mind games people play, even here on Rap Radar , I find to bit a bit of a trip at times. ( Where are all the comments about you all at, Sweethearts, there should be way much more that this). People like to say, your the best, but they treat like your the worst!. Here we are back to Jay, still awaiting her turn and I find that she ain’t gonna ever learn. Learn how to play(or be in) the game truthfully, or dis-honestly?.

  • Radese Savage

    Good job on the new album, . . . Radese.