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After publicly expressing dissatisfaction with Def Jam, Jeezy appears to be taking CTE to Roc Nation.
CTE x Roc Nation x It’s Tha World
According to Life+Times
— Life + Times (@LifeandTimes) November 20, 2013
Previously: Jeezy ft. Rocko & 2 Chainz – Benihana
Life+Times profiles LA based producer DJ Mustard, who inked a management deal with the company earlier this year.
Previously: 2 Chainz – I’m Different (Prod. by DJ Mustard)
Meek goes off for nearly 8 minutes on Hip-Hop Nation on Sirius XM.
MEEK MILL RAP LIKE HE LET HIS NIGGA TAKE HIS HOMEWORK HOME TO COPY AND HE FORGOT IT THE NEXT DAY
— Meek Mill Rap Like (@MeekMillRapLike) September 9, 2013
Spotted: Boss Lady
Previously: Meek Mill – Kendrick You Next (In-Studio)
As predicted, Durant signs with Roc Nation Sports.
via KD’s IG
The deal isn’t done yet, but it appears to be in motion. Interestingly enough, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports here that, contrary to previous reports and this statement, Jay is yet to sell his stake in the Nets.
The NFL Players Association is said to be launching an investigation into the deal that brought Jets QB draftee Geno Smith to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Under NFL rules, only NFLPA-certified sports agents are allowed to be involved in the recruitment of prospective clients and Jay’s involvement in closing the deal with Smith is now coming under increased scrutiny.
Although Smith’s adviser John Thornton told CBS Sports, “It really all came down to who he was most comfortable with. I was in those meetings and Jay-Z connected with him on many levels”, he later claimed that he was misquoted. Since Jay is not a certified agent, his presence in those meetings would be a clear violation of league rules. It didn’t help that Smith tweeted out the above picture a few days before his deal with Roc Nation Sports was announced.
Image via NESN
Previously: Roc Nation Sports Signs Jets QB Geno Smith
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports has signed a deal to represent recently drafted Jets QB Geno Smith. Well, possible future QB if he can convince them he’s worth a contract and then beat out Mark Sanchez for the job (which shouldn’t be too hard). Smith famously dismissed his previous agents after his draft stock tumbled and he was passed over in the first round of the NFL Draft. According to the NYDN, Smith claims that Jay-Z’s attachment to the company played “not that big of a role” in his decision to sign with the firm, and that lucrative marketing deals are not his first priority. Which of course is him pretending that football is the only thing on his mind:
“The only thing that’s important to be is the image that is perceived around this lockerroom, the guy that I am to my teammates, to my coaches and the work that I put in on the football field,” Smith said. “I’m all about football. I’m all about getting better and that’s the one thing that I’m focused on: Better myself daily and prepare myself to be there when the time comes.”
“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.”
The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that Jay-Z has finalized a deal to bring his Roc Nation label to Universal Music Group. The deal gives Universal the rights to release Jay’s next solo LP, as well as new albums from Roc Nation artists such as Rihanna and Shakira. Jay had previously negotiated deals with Atlantic and Sony Music for Roc Nation’s music, but this latest agreement will consolidate the label’s distribution under Universal Music Group, Hov’s old employer during his tenure as president of Def Jam.
In other news, Republican Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart are not exactly thrilled with Jay and Bey’s highly publicized visit to the communist nation of Cuba last week, and are calling for an investigation into the trip, which may have violated US travel restrictions to the island nation.
Update: It looks like Jay will also be doing the Made In America Festival in Philly again this August, check out the trailer after the jump.
Earlier today, Jay-Z unveiled his new sports management venture Roc Nation Sports with the announcement of their first signee, All-Star Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Roc Nation Sports will be a joint venture with the sports division of talent management juggernaut Creative Artists Agency, a company which already counts superstar athletes Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Sidney Crosby amongst its roster of clients.
Reporting on the venture, Forbes.com raised the interesting question of whether Jay’s minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets will result in a conflict of interest should the new firm seek to represent current NBA players.
Hit the jump for the full press release detailing the Cano signing.
Roc Nation, a full-service entertainment company founded by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, announced today the launch of Roc Nation Sports, a full-service sports management company, and has signed MLB All-Star Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees. Roc Nation Sports, led by Carter and Juan Perez, who serves as President, has partnered with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a leading entertainment and sports agency, to co-represent Cano.
“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,” said Carter.
A four-time MLB All-Star, Cano is a member of the Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship team, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. Since his Major League debut in May 2005, he leads all second basemen in hits, doubles, and RBIs and has more home runs than any second baseman in Yankees history. The son of former Major League player José Cano, he wears No. 24 to honor Jackie Robinson, after whom he is named and whose No. 42 is retired in baseball. In 2011, the Cano family established the RC24 Foundation to provide help and hope to sick and underprivileged children in New York City and the Dominican Republic.
“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field,” said Cano. “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.”
Cano will be represented on the field by a team of agents led by CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen. Since Opening Day 2011, CAA Sports’ baseball group has negotiated more than $ 1.1 billion in Major League contracts, including eight contracts with a guaranteed value of $ 50 million or more, of which four exceeds $ 100 million, more than any other agency.
“Jay Z and his team at Roc Nation have successfully orchestrated powerful brand and business-building opportunities for their clients,” said Michael Levine, Co-Head, CAA Sports. “We look forward to combining our wide-reaching resources on behalf of top athlete clients like Robinson Cano to help them accomplish their goals on and off the field.”
via Roc Nation