While Hov was smoking Cubanos in cabanas with Beyoncé last week in Cuba, politicians back in the States were bothered over the visit.
Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spoke with CNN on her issue with the trip and said the couple should’ve been mindful of the country’s communist regime.
Jay-Z and Roc Nation have inked a multi-year partnership with Universal Music Group. The label will now house recordings from Jay and his roster, including Rihanna. Says Mr. Carter
“We are looking forward to working with Lucian and the incredible team he’s assembled at Universal. We would like to applaud Lucian for collaborating with us to strike a new age deal. This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation’s artists—being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major. I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home.”
UMG’s chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge adds:
“In just five years, Roc Nation has established itself as one of the most successful brands in music with a reputation for developing some of today¹s most influential and popular talent.Not only does this agreement provide a dynamic platform for Roc Nation’s exciting emerging artists, it extends our relationship with the extraordinary Rihanna and represents a homecoming for JAY Z—a brilliant artist and entrepreneur, who has been a creative cornerstone of our company.All of us at UMG are thrilled that JAY and Roc Nation chose UMG as their partners, knowing we will support their artists with a level of resources, expertise and passion that is simply unmatched in the industry.”
Welcome to Havana. Jay and Bey tied the knot 5 years ago today and jetted down to Cuba for their anniversary. Here’s a clip of the couple mobbing through the streets. Y’all roll blunts, Jay smokes Cubans all day.
UPDATE: Since U.S. citizens are barred from visiting Cuba as” tourists”, Jay and Bey stopped by the Universidad da las Artes. More than likely, their visit was part of their “people to people” obligation.
He’s the Black Branch Rickey. Today, it was announced that Jay-Z has partnered with CAA to launch Roc Nation Sports. The agency’s first client is New York Yankees second baseman, Robinson Cano.
According to ESPN, if Hov decides to become a full-fledged sports agent, he would have to forfeit his ownership of the Brooklyn Nets. Says Mr. Carter:
“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years.”
“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field. I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.”
“It is one of the fastest-growing brands within vodka,” says Jack Russo, an equity analyst at Edward Jones & Co. “Consumers are feeling a little bit better about their situation, and with that, they’re willing to spend more on premium products.”
2. Jay-Z – $475 million
3. Dr. Dre – $350 million
4. Birdman – $150 million
5. 50 Cent – $125 million
All week, many have argued who got who on Kendrick and Hov’s remix. This evening, Elliott fires up the cam to analyze their verses and gives his opinion.
During a studio session for ScHooboy Q, TDE CEO Top Dawg surprises Kendrick with Jay’s verse for the “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)“. Here’s his reaction hearing it for the first time.