Wednesday, April 2, 2008

"I'VE BECOME THE ROLLING STONES OF HIP-HOP": The dimensions of Jay-Z's $150 million deal with Live Nation (plus $204M for Rocawear last year) are truly extraordinary and worth your study. As to why he did it, I can only quote the man himself. From "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" (as he self-edited for the Unplugged disc):
I do this for my culture
To let 'em know what a boy look like, when a boy in a roaster
Show 'em how to move in a room full of vultures
Industry shady, it need to be taken over
Label owners hate me I'm raisin' the status quo up
I'm overchargin' labels for what they did to the Cold Crush
Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you hoed us
We can talk, but money talks -- so talk mo' bucks

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