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Doesn’t it seem like Kanye West is always in the news? If not because of a controversial statement, it is usually because of a business deal. He just revealed that popular music video director Hype Williams, who directed the film Belly, will direct the film version West’s Yeezus. (Trailer here.) Now comes word that his DONDA will partner with Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
DONDA, which West describes as a multi-discipline design and content company, has inked a deal with Roc Nation to manage all DONDA Music, reports The Grio.
The partnership will focus on West’s international recording brand and worldwide touring ventures, according to a statement from Roc Nation distributor, Def Jam.
DONDA was formed in 2009 during which time West collaborated with fashion house Louis Vuitton for his own footwear collection. West “officially branded DONDA in 2011 with the groundbreaking packaging and tour design for Watch The Throne,” the statement continues.
Then in 2012, through DONDA, West introduced a cinema concept–the 7-Screen Surround Vision experience in Cannes, France with the short film Cruel Summer. The short was the visual companion to the G.O.O.D. Music album.
And in 2013, “DONDA oversaw the concept and design for West’s minimalist YEEZUS album packaging and groundbreaking global launch, including a guerilla-marketing campaign, the ‘New Slaves’ projections,” reports the website. Among DONDA clients are Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Pusha T. DONDA provided album packaging, staging, music videos and content for such artists.
Is hell freezing over!? Is it 1999??
Just kidding! See, folks are capable of putting their differences aside when the spirit moves them to, and it looks like that’s what has happened between Jay Z and Damon Dash. The two were seen shooting the you know what at a party for industry exec Chaka Pilgrim, Dash in a white T, Jay in a denim button-up looking straight out of Cali. After years of talking about one another in interviews (more Dash talking about Jay than the other way around), and not being in the presence of one another for years, they were able to chat and take a picture together. As Jay said in a recent interview about Dash:
“The thing, what we built, you can’t take that away so no matter what, no time or space — the love is still there. Because what we’ve done will forever be stamped in history. We created something that’s gonna go down forever. So I can only have love for Dame. I just don’t know where we are in our life, we’re not the same two men at that time when we gelled in that way. We were two different people. I haven’t seen him in a while.”
Definitely a good look, and also an adorable one. So how would you caption the above pic? And be sure to check out the cute one below and let us know what you think. The Roc is in the building!
Add sports agent to Jay-Z’s already diverse resume. The rapper-turned-entrepreneur has now officially become a licensed sports agent for NBA and MLB players. And he can work for his newly created sports agency, Roc Nation Sports.
Roc Nation Sports spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed to ESPN that, as of this week, Jay-Z is now licensed to work as an NBA agent. Juan Perez, president of Roc Nation Sports, has also been certified with the National Basketball Players Association. (Perez and Jay-Z are longtime business partners. In addition to the sports agency, they co-own the 40/40 Club.)
MLB Players Association spokesman Greg Bouris further confirmed the news to ESPN.
There might bee a hold up for Jay-Z to actually start working as an agent. The hip-hop mogul had not sold his small ownership share (less than one percent) of the Brooklyn Nets, reports ESPN. Jay-Z will have to give up his share of the team in order to sign players because owners of NBA teams cannot represent players.
Despite this Jay-Z already has clients. According to the sports outlet (and us), Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is expected to sign onto Jay-Z’s agency. The NBA player reportedly informed his current agent, Rob Pelinka, that he would sign with Jay-Z. Jay-Z’s firm has also signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and ex- Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins. Also in the works is New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who last week accepted a one-year free-agent tender offer of $2.879 million.
All these signings may spell trouble for Jay-Z. NFL Players Association officials are looking into if Jay-Z, who is still not certified with the NFL, violated the union’s “runner rule.” According to this rule, anyone who is not certified cannot recruit players. So Jay may have been a little overzealous, but something tells us they’re not going to make too much of a stink about it.
This roster Jay-Z is putting together is becoming chock full o’ big names and at a rapid pace.
NBA superstar and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has ended his relationship with Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports Agency and is reportedly about to sign with Roc Nation Agency, according to USA Today.
Pelinka released the following statement regarding the split:
“We are honored and blessed to have worked on behalf of Kevin, for a brief period of time,” Pelinka said. “He is an amazing person and athlete, and we are proud of our work and service towards advancing his brand in a manner that reflects the mutual qualities we share with Kevin. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”
Durant moving to Roc Nation could be an interesting move. One could make the argument that he doesn’t need an agency with a famous owner because he already has huge endorsement deals (Nike, Sprint, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric and 2K Sports). However, he’s still not as globally known as he could be and aligning himself with Jay-Z could be good for him, as Jay is known pretty much everywhere. I suppose for Durant it helps that Jay is one of his favorite rappers.
It should be noted that while Roc Nation is a “boutique” agency, they are partnered with CAA, a huge sports agency, so they would definitely have help in making his brand even bigger.
We’ll see who they pick up next. Maybe if they definitely add Durant to the roster, it’ll be leverage for Jay to lure Lebron James from his agent who is also a childhood friend (which I doubt because James makes outside money from that agency).
We’ve Got Our Eyes On You: Jay-Z & Roc Nation Agency Under Investigation For Signing NFL Rookie Geno Smith
Wasn’t he just walking around Cuba celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary? Oh well. Business is business.
Jay Z’s Roc Nation has announced a multi-year global deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) such that Roc Nation will run as its own, standalone label. That means albums from Jay Z, Rihanna, and other artists will be released under the UMG umbrella.
“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,” said Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG in a press release statement. We might not notice too much difference, but on the back end, it means backing from a huge company.
Meanwhile, we’re also hearing that the Made In America Festival will be returning to Philadelphia August 31 to September 1. We see a trip to Philly in our future! Last year, acts included Kanye West, Pearl Jam, and Drake.
From The Grio
NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano is switching agents from Scott Boras to a new company formed by musician Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and CAA Sports.
Cano will be represented in baseball matters by CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen. The New York Yankees second baseman is making $15 million this season and can become a free agent at the end of the World Series.
While the Yankees usually wait for contracts to expire before negotiating new agreements with players, they have said they hope to reach a deal with the 30-year-old Cano while he remains under their control.
Read more at TheGrio.com.
“I Never Thought It Was A Relationship” Rita Ora Says She Didn’t Take Rob Kardashian Romance As Serious As Him
“I never actually thought it was a relationship in all honesty. I never mentally defined it as boyfriend/girlfriend. When I split up with him, I said, ‘It’s because I’m never there, I don’t know how to do it.’ That’s all I said, then … the rest happened. He obviously felt that creating myths was the way forward.”
“When you are involved with someone for a while and they decide to express their feelings to the public, well, that’s not my personal way of therapy but I guess everyone takes split-ups differently. You should have to sit an exam before you go on Twitter. To see if you’re mentally stable.”
We’ve heard countless stories of Grammy winning, commercially successful artists going bankrupt. Remember Toni Braxton and TLC? Well, all of that happens because most of the time in the music industry, artists don’t own the music they write. The record companies do. Well Beyonce and Jay-Z have made sure that won’t happen to them, not like it ever would have anyway.
Earlier this week, Jay-Z inked a publishing administration deal with Warner/Chappell from all his music from 2008 until…he retires…for real this time. Roc Nation was also signed to a worldwide publishing deal.
The next day, Warner announced that Beyonce would receive a similar deal. Except Beyonce will have publishing writes on all of her future songs, including those on her upcoming album. Beyonce had this to say in the press release announcing the deal:
“It’s an honor to join Warner/Chappell Music and to continue working with my friend Jon Platt. I trust his vision and admire his professionalism, and I look forward to our partnership.”
This is a dream for any artist who writes their own music. It’s truly a mark of independence. Remember, Prince had a falling out with Warner, saying that creating music under their label was like being a slave. Though it seems terribly unfair that companies would be able to make money from an artists’ work, it’s standard protocol. Now, Beyonce, Jay-Z and members of the Roc Nation firm will make money anytime the music included in this contract is used or played anywhere. Talk about power plays!