Hockey star Seth Jones could become the next athlete to join Jay-Z‘s fledgling Roc Nation Sports management company. According to Kirsten Fleming of The Post, Roc Nation is working to land a deal to handle Seth’s marketing and branding. Jones would have the benefit of both sides of the CAA (business) and Roc Nation partnership (marketing.} “When Seth comes to the NHL draft [in Newark, NJ] in June, his family, agents at CAA and Roc Nation are going to have a powwow to see if he’ll sign with them,” a source said. Jones is expected to be the first African American taken at the number one spot of this year’s NHL draft.
Being a member of the Nets organization surpassed some of my greatest ambitions. It was never about an investment; it was about the NETS and Brooklyn. My job as an owner is over but as a fan it has just begun. I’m a Brooklyn Net forever. It’s been an honor to work with Mikhail Prokhorov, Dmitry Razumov, Christophe Charlier, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, Brett Yormark and all the wonderful people involved in making the Nets first class. My sincerest thanks goes to Bruce Ratner, who first introduced the idea of moving the Nets to Brooklyn. A thank you and deepest appreciation goes to the fans. You are the lifeblood of any team.
The Nets have made their mark on the NBA and as they enter a new era, Roc Nation does as well; as we embark on Roc Nation Sports. Our newest endeavor is committed to building the brands of professional athletes as we have done for some of today’s top music artists. For Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets. It was a tough decision but as I stated earlier, it’s not about ownership. Congratulations to The Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net.
According to USA Today reports, Jay-Z has started the process of becoming a baseball agent. Roc Nation Sportshas already partnered with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Sports in order to represent New York Yankees playerRobinson Cano. It seems Jay-Z is also selling his share of the Brooklyn Nets because of issues that may arise if he were to become certified with the Major League Baseball Players Association. Yahoo! Sports reported this earlier in the month. Jay-Z also discussed this in his ”Open Letter,” a song he recently leaked. His verse denied that this was going on. ”Would’ve brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free,” he rhymes on the track. “Except I made millions off of you fucking dweebs. I still own the building. I’m still keeping my seats. Y’all buy that bullshit, y’all better keep y’all receipts.” Jay-Z reportedly owns less than one percent of the Nets. However, he has been an important public figure for the team.
Jay-Z and Roc Nation has 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.”
Lately, photos have been popping up of Jay-Z in the studio with various A-list rap names and producers. The question most people immediately ask: “Is Jay-Z working on album.” The short answer: “Duh.” Most recently, Hova was snapped in the studio with Rick Ross, Timbaland and DJ Khaled. Previously, he’s also been spotted in the lab with Swizz Beatz and Mike Will Made It. The common denominator in the pics so far is Timbaland, who recently signed up with Roc Nation. But no one has said a word about what, if any, songs were actually being recorded. However, the truth is Jay-Z has been working on a new album since before the release of his collaborative Watch The Throne project with Kanye West in 2011. He said so, when the writer of this story got an early preview of said album along with select outlets. At the time, Jay-Z relayed that he reached out to Frank Ocean to record a tune for a solo album, and was so pleased that he wanted the Odd Future crooner to contribute to WTT (“No Church In The Wild,” “Made In America”). For now, the best confirmation that an actual release is near, besides Jay-Z granting a media outlet an interview and saying, “Yes, my new album will drop on…,” will be when the “On To The New One” rapper is seen about town rocking a nappy afro. Last time that happened, when he was again rocking a crispy Caesar it signaled the completion of the WTT album. Hova probably dropping a new album in 2013 brings us to another stark reality. Jay Electronica, who Jigga signed to Roc Nation back 2010, has yet to release his debut album, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn).