Jay Z Ends His Infinitesimal Reign as Nets Owner
Virginia lyricist Pusha T may not have found crossover appeal just yet, but according to the rapper if he does find himself in the pop realm, he knows exactly whose blueprint to follow. While filming his Blocka music video in Jamaica earlier this year, Pusha spoke with Complex Magazine’s Noah Callahan-Bever and revealed that if he were to ever crossover hed follow in Brooklyn rapper Jay Zs footsteps. If I ever crossover, Im gonna get it the Jay Z way, Pusha T said. Ive seen people relate to Jay and Ive seen people relate to Big. And Ive seen people relate to Tupac in a pop way. And its like I may be dated, but at the end of the day thats what I always strive for, to recreate that. Because Im not gonna make any music that has me stepping out of my zone. Unlike those who venture off to bigger, more musically-influenced cities once they reach stardom, Pusha T still calls Virginia home and theres a specific reason why he hasnt immersed himself in the culture of other cities. During his interview, the Wrath Of Caine rapper commented on the possibility of living in another city affecting his music since he would be engulfed in that particular locales music and culture. Its best if I live in Virginia and digest everything that comes from New York, Atlanta, and L.A., and all the other hubs, he said. But I dont wanna live amongst that because I personally think it would affect my musicI just think once you become likewhen youre in a certain area you just become engulfed in the culture of that area. When I just go home for two, three days, the town talk, the town gossip, the town everything is what builds my music. Lastly, Pusha T addressed those who may have questioned his decision to put G.O.O.D. Music helmsman Kanye West on mixtape tracks as opposed to bigger records. As an artist signed to G.O.O.D.
Jay Z Selling Stake in Nets to Coach Kidd, N.Y. Post Says
She was excited and energetic as she sang and danced to songs that satisfied the crowd. “Welcome to Made In America,” she screamed. “Show me how loud you can be.” Gilbert Carrasquillo/Gilbert Carrasquillo/NY Daily Ne Beyonce sang hits like Single Ladies and Crazy In Love at her husbands 2nd annual music festival. PHOTOS: BEYONCE’S MRS. CARTER WORLD TOUR: HER HOTTEST MOMENTS Beyonce performed more than a dozen songs on the main stage much like her “Mrs. Carter World Tour,” which wrapped in Brooklyn last month. She was a vocal powerhouse on songs like “If I Were a Boy” and “1+1” where she sang on the floor and like the Energizer Bunny during the up-tempo numbers “Get Me Bodied” and “End of Time.” She closed with “Halo,” kicking the song off with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” The Grammy-winning singer not a usual at the festival circuits didn’t perform any new material that could hint at a possible new album. Another surprise was Jay-Z: The rapper didn’t join Beyonce onstage, though the two have a number of collaborations and he curated the festival. Her sister, Solange, who is part of the festival lineup Sunday, performed after an after-party at the Theater of Living Arts for a feverish crowd. Gilbert Carrasquillo/Gilbert Carrasquillo/NY Daily Ne Beyonce performed for 90-minutes to close the first day of the Budwiser Made In America festival in Philadelphia. “I’d rather perform for a crowd of 50 that appreciate the music,” she told the crowd of 200 people. PHOTOS: HOT OR NOT?
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Post Says By Curtis Eichelberger – 2013-09-04T18:19:53Z Jay Z, the entertainer who started an athlete-representation firm in April, is selling his minority share in the Brooklyn Nets to the teams coach, Jason Kidd , for $500,000, the New York Post reported, according to people familiar with the situation. Team spokesman Barry Baum declined to comment in an e-mail. Jay Z was forced to sell his .067 percent stake in the National Basketball Association franchise to avoid a conflict of interest after starting the Roc Nation sports agency. Roc Nations clients include New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant . The company operates in a partnership with Creative Artists Agency. Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter , has won 17 Grammy Awards. To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Wilmington, Delaware at firstname.lastname@example.org To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at email@example.com Jay Z Selling Stake in Nets to Kidd, N.Y. Post Says Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Entertainer Jay Z watches from courtside during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center on December 29, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Entertainer Jay Z watches from courtside during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center on December 29, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Photographer: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images More News:
Jay Z’s apparently selling (at least some of) his ownership stake in the Nets to coach Jason Kidd
The sale, reported by the New York Post, brings the story of the ownership stake full circle: It was Jason Kidd, formerly a player on the team, who first suggested that Jay-Z buy part of the Nets. And its too bad, in a way, because Jay-Z was the perfect man to own a small vanity stake in a Brooklyn sports franchise. In his hands, the investment was a real-life version of the rich-man fantasies rappers have been spinning in songs for years. Sure, Tash and Raekwon can joke about buying sports teams , but Jay-Z actually did it. Much has been made of how Jay-Zs stake was mostly for show. Sure, he may not have been able to fire players sorry Kanye but the rapper still got involved and played his part. He had a hand in what uniforms the teams wore, what music played in the arena, and even the flatware used in the luxury suites. It was great for him, and great for the Nets as well. He is it, Bruce Ratner, the real-estate developer behind the Barclays Arena, told the New York Times. He is us. He is how people are going to see that place . Jay-Z is giving all this up because hed prefer to be an agent to pro athletes than their boss.
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But as Jay has spent the last few months both “Magna Carta Holy Grail”-ing around and securing deals with athletes like New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano , New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith , among others , questions persisted about who would take his spot ( however large it might be ) in the Nets’ ownership group. On Wednesday, The New York Post’s Page Six column reported a result few likely expected: that the shares will pass from one Jay to another, first-year Nets head coach Jason Kidd. Were told Kidd will take over Jays .067 percent (1/15th of a percent) stake in the team for about $500,000. […] A source told us, Other owners want to give Jason a part ownership of the team, and urged Jay to sell his shares to him. […] Were told that, unlike Jay, the coach owning minority shares in the team would not be seen as a conflict of interest. Just how much of Jay’s stake Kidd will actually purchase and, apparently, the size of the piece the artist/businessman/ business, man actually holds remain unclear, however, according to follow-up reporting from SB Nation Nets blog NetsDaily citing a source with “knowledge of the transaction” who says Kidd will buy “half the entertainer’s shares” in the team: According to the source, Jay Z controlled 0.1608 percent of the Nets, or roughly 1/6 of 1 percent through Nets Sports and Entertainment (not 1/15th of one percent, as reported by the Times last year and the Post Wednesday.) […] Jay Z, whose name is Shawn Carter, suggested during his opening night concert at Barclays Center that the real number was higher than what the Times’ David Halbfinger had reported. He has never revealed the specific number. The source said that Jay Z had originally planned to sell half his shares to another suitor, but that Kidd asked he sell the stake to him. The transaction would close the circle for Jay Z and J-Kidd. It was Kidd who reportedly was the first to suggest that Jay Z buy into the Nets 10 years ago. That conversation took place at Kidd’s 30th birthday party, held at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan, according to reports. Not long after, Jay Z met with Bruce Ratner.