DallasPenn.com Presents…Is Jay-Z Going Broke?

BILLY SUNDAY is one of the renowned writers from the mega-popular hip-hop website http://www.dallaspenn.com. BILLY SUNDAY relishes his ‘old man in the club’ status and some people have confused his lifetime love of rap music with hate because of his irreverence to some of hip-hop’s current icons. BILLY assures us that there isn’t any hate in his blood, it’s just that most people can’t handle the truth…

dallaspennjay.jpgI should prah’lee introduce myself to y’all since we are going to be hanging together this week. My name’s Willam H. Sunday. The H stands for Havier. My mom’s liked the sound of the name but she didn’t know that it was spelled with an ‘X’. I like to tell people that the H stands for Hip-Hop since it’s what I believe in. If you ever have the misfortune to be locked up or in the military you will learn that names are secondary to how the government refers to you. Your social security tax I.D. is your real name. So in the meantime while we are hanging out at XXL this week you can call me Billy Sunday. That’ll work just fine.

Were you one of the millions of people that got all moist when the official news of JAY-Z returning to the recording studio was announced? It seemed like a holiday here in New York as all the commercial radio station deejays were gushing and shining the spoons that they would use to hold the Jigga man’s nuttsachs (no RuPaul). I’m no JAY-Z fan, but I am far from one of his detractors. I enjoyed the drama and showmanship of his anniversary concert at Radio City. I had a few small criticisms with the presentation, but the overall show and the follow up mini-concert was great hip-hop. That’s why I question JAY-Z’s decision to return to the sound booth. When Michael Jordan returned to basketball as a Washington Wizard it was obvious that the game he had been so dominant in had changed. There was a moment when Allen Iverson did one of his famous crossover moves and the God that had been Air Jordan was reduced to a helpless mortal. I wonder if that is the image that we will see of JAY-Z. Will he be reduced to a caricature of himself? The once proud and arrogant emcee now just a vignette of the imaginary drug dealer turned artist.

I wonder if JAY-Z was pressured by the tall Israelis at Universal/Island Def Jam, that in order to retain his lofty position he had to make a projected sales quota. Def Jam has released some good albums this year even though none will make it to the list of classics. The Ghostface and Roots disks were prah’lee the two best Hip-Hop albums of the year. With a new Nas offering scheduled for early in the forth quarter Def Jam could have finished the year with presumably three albums in the top five of hip-hop 2006. So why does Jigga turn all this news on its ear and announce his album release before the year is done?

Could JAY-Z be running out of money? Keep in mind that JAY-Z has been reported to be the owner of a clothing and sneaker company, a high end spirits manufacturer, a basketball team, a real estate development, and a chain of high end nightclubs. In order to manage all of these endeavors and run the most venerable rap music label he must be hemorrhaging money just from his staffing invoices alone. Think about the millions he must pay annually in taxes for all of these businesses. Think about the millions he must be losing in complimentary packages that all of these businesses endow to celebrities. You don’t think JAY-Z makes Bleek pay for his Roc-A-Wear clothing do you? Rumor has it that JAY does charge Bleek for the courtside tickets to see the Nets, that’s why we never see them there together. JAY-Z has actually been losing money recently with the downturn in the real estate market. If he didn’t release this album we might see him forced to return to the lifestyle of selling drugs to the disenfranchised, impoverished, narcotic dependent neighbors that he knew from the Marcy Houses.

So please buy JAY-Z’s new album because Beyoncé’s handbags and weaves cost a whole lotta money.

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  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Bitches!!! I always wanted to be First on a blog. I would like to thank god for blessing me with this opportunity. My mom for holding me down and not throwing me out of the house, and i wanna thank my fans, without you i would be nothing. Thank You!

  • joe L

    uhh yo kingtwins

  • joe L

    ur fuckin gay dude

  • E.williams


  • Silo


    This article was seriously a waste of my time. I want the last 3 minutes of my life back.

  • E.williams

    A shell of his former circa 1998 self!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I was with you in the beginning, but that smug shit at the end killed it.

    Hov has been comparing himself to MJ his whole career. He knows that the entire world would be watching him, and I doubt he plans on being DC MJ.

    “Kingdom Come” is gonna be some good shit, and it’s not a moment too soon.

    Oh yeah, watch out for Transient aka Yung Butplug. He’s what we call “fuckin’ retarded”.


  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz thebestout!!

    2nd..uh 5th…1 millionth(fuck it)

    you mean jigga ain’t ballin’(no capo status) what you mean to tell me that tiara maria’s falied album and bleeks failed album and things like hotel,travel,food and other expenses don’t come free?? hogwash!!jay can’t be broke lord knows he was the mastermind behind the whole dynasty thing and was responsible for pushing all those albums by his self~cough!~heneeddame!~cough!! but seriously i doubt that jay is broke or will be in the near future but will defjam become a harder lable to get signed to if ya’ buzz and fowollin’ ain’t up? uhhhh duuuhhh!! in the words of a great actor is a pigs pussy pork! (bol don’t answer that). peace (no saddam)

  • icee corleon

    did he say jay makes 3 mil a year from def jam..i dont think so hov going broke not a chance. billy use that spoon you say the deejays have and swallow some babies

  • Ballsy

    The tall Israeli is no longer at Universal but a Warners….Nice One…..
    Furthermore Jay does not own the business’s outright…..He is a partner in all of the ventures….Trust me…Jay ain’t Broke……..

  • http://xxlmag.com fresh

    “So please buy JAY-Z’s new album because Beyoncé’s handbags and weaves cost a whole lotta money. ”

    Don’t forget about the freakum dresses. Those shits will run you some extra change.

  • Ballsy

    Publishing…Royalties…..3 mill salary….bonuses….tours…..points off of albums IDJ releases…Jay Broke??????c’mon now….

  • thoreauly77

    billy sunday of the infamous dallaspen.com in here? good job YN. but wheres dallas?


    Jay Z hasn’t done shit as el presidente so far, and the ROC is dead. Who has the ROC put out lately and does anyone even wear Roc-A-Wear anymore?

  • http://xxlmag.com shawn

    i wonder how def jam can afford 3 mil when method man, bleek and roots albums COMBINED don’t add up to dipset? face it jay cockriders, he ain’t shit but someone that’ll take ur cash nd fuck over you. the south is running shit anyway, so they put out def jam south ran by…… l.a reid. sorry, jay is the mj of ’01

  • http://www.dallaspenn.com BILLY

    hey ICEE,
    JAY-Z will always have a pressed pair of slacks as long as you ikeep working as his manservant too. Keep up the good work biatch!

  • This Me

    WOW, hope this isn’t true cuz if it is… back to Marcy PJ he’ll go Cuz I download his shit and hers

  • k

    “I doubt he plans on being DC MJ”

    I doubt MJ planned on being DC MJ.

  • http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    His paper is too long to go broke. On another note……….

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  • Enlightened

    That was when Jordan was still with the Bulls nigga. If you can get something like that wrong…. am I supposed to believe you know what you’re talking about about Jay-Z’s business ventures, etc. You might not have a good week homie.

  • http://www.tonyskansascity.com Tony

    I’ll be sure to buy his new CD, I’ll consider it my part in helping to stop the drug war.

    Also, AMAZING FIRST POST FROM ONE OF THE CONTRIBUTORS FROM DALLAS PENN.COM otherwise known as the Juggernaut of the Internet.

  • I Fux

    ^ I agree with enlightened

  • King City

    1st off this whole jay-z being broke is bull **** his money works for him who ever wrote this must be new or have no money since i just can’t believe xl would publish something like this!!!!!! your losing your street creditablity xl

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    I ain’t supporting anyone who ruins an empire like DefJam–no artist out of their label gets any real promotion–that’s a deal-killer right there. Jay-Z’s a homo.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com cmo

    jay going broke How! all his albums have sell the 40/40 club is one of the top places and his basketball teams have talent on the upside. so u saying this just trying to hate. this is what hip hop needs Hov.

  • philadelphia

    this article was some bullshit and fuck william “havier” sunday

    oh yeah and congadulations to eastside bread maker for making it to the blog before anybody else ………………..get a life ….weirdo


    I think he is putting out the album because of Nas…yes Nas…if Nas was sitting back doing nothing Jay would not care…I could be wrong though…it may be that he needs the money to buy Beyonce’

  • http://www.myspace.com/bookwormbrown bookworm brown


    I thought you were going to drop some documents via Smoking Gun or someshit.

    Gotsta substantiate next time, holmes.

  • Danja29

    One quick thing to consider tho’… in Jay’s absence, have there been any “Iversons” that would potentially put him on his ass? And nope, I don’t mean those punchline fanatics on Smack, I mean people REALLY in the game right now.


    Jay-Z broke…i know u can come out with a better excuse playboi…

    Shyt u should have sticked to the projected sales quota—that was more believable

    he probably still spending Vol 2 money



    rather be reading bol


  • http://www.raynardentertainment.com Deezy

    What? Are you serious? Why can’t the brotha just be doin more music cuz he loves what he does and his position as president of a major record label affords him that luxury? If I ran Def Jam, or ANY label for that matter, I’d be recording all the time. Hip Hop is not JUST a job to Hov. And that’s tha cool part about him. That’s what intrigues folks about Jay-Z. Even though this IS his job, he actually likes it, so it’s pretty presumptuos to assume that the only reason the president of Def Jam is releasing an album is to fulfill a quota. The hip-hop snobs strike again!

  • yaboy aka yall niggas is sonned out let me speak to your father

    jay is wack. he kicks the raps that look down on you. he raps about what none of you have. and No u cant relate. Nas is a street poet, hes a rapper’s rapper. kicks knowledge. Lost tapes.
    jay didnt move weight either he was a nickel and dimer.

  • marlon

    how is he goin broke? he’s an artist, he must have been bored as fuck sitting back counting it, and not doin it. Everyone knew the guy wasn’t retired, it was just heavily 50′s time when the black album came out and he didn’t want that shit in the shadow, so he made up retirement so he’d have the spotlight for a month when the album dropped, but really, he’s an artist how the fuck you gonna retire from art? what is your back sore? too short, same thing, retire from music? you can disappear or bow out gracefully, the only guy to retire on top and stay retired so far is Seinfeld, and he’s a jew. it ain’t money its love.

  • ya boy

    you know jay writing Beyonce a check just to go out in public with his ass. when she leaves then u know he goin broke.


    I see where Billy Sunday is trying to go with this article, but I don’t think he quite got all the way there. Let’s be real: Jay-Z is not coming out with a new album because he needs money. Jay-Z wasn’t really selling as big as some of the other dudes in the game, though he probably pocketed more money than most other rappers. Jay had money before rap and will have money after it. He doesn’t need to grace a mic ever again, and he is worth almost $330 million.

    If Jay comes out with an album, then it’s because that’s what he wants to do. I knew that he wasn’t finished when he did THE BLACK ALBUM. Come on, people, this is the same man that said REASONABLE DOUBT was his first and last album. Did anyone actually think that he would stop at just 7-8 years in the game??

  • marlon

    BELIZE Says:

    September 18th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    rather be reading bol


    Are you saying that cause you are a Stan or because this guy is some how bad enough to make you yearn for a fruitbol blog?

  • Spark

    JAY-Z is worth 350m. u big dummie

  • http://www.tonyskansascity.com Tony

    Damn if so many hip hop fans believe every bit of PR that MTV broadcasts.

    Jay-Z runs a record label the same the same way that GW Bush runs the country, mostly by going on vacation and letting the money people do it.

    Too bad to see so many of you all twisted and misunderstanding that (c)Rap PR doesn’t end with big booty bitches and Champagne dumping but also putting that spin into the NY Times and Businessweek.

    Clearly, the (c)Rap generation thinks that what they see on TV is real and don’t realize that stock holders and (genuine) CEOs earn the fat bank off hip-hop fans not just some phony (c)Rapper in a clown suit.

    Sorry, Jay-Z’s well crafted corporate image just another ad for Def Jam and not really the rags to riches story you’ve been supporting. Word to Jerry Wexler.


    marlon Says:

    September 18th, 2006 at 3:35 pm
    BELIZE Says:

    September 18th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    rather be reading bol


    Are you saying that cause you are a Stan or because this guy is some how bad enough to make you yearn for a fruitbol blog?

    ^Did u even read this blog?
    Id rather read an ign’ant blog(bol) than a forced-ign’ant blog homie…this a sorry excuse for an excuse.


    Rather be takin a shyt


    Jay isnt going broke there is no fucking way.

  • http://www.myspace.com/xadam22 Adam22

    you fucking suck and a are a half assed Bol.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Yes i concur with most of what everyone here has said. This post was stupid and Jay is no where near broke. Blah Blah Blah, come better next time, Peace!

    “Rather tote the revolver, its impossible to jam it, but i stay with the auto like a mechanic”

    “It’s a Shame”

    Nacirema Dream Coming Soon!!!

  • Prince Of The South

    So please buy JAY-Z’s new album because Beyoncé’s handbags and weaves cost a whole lotta money.
    Damn that was cruel, true but cruel. How you going to get at Jiggaman like that.
    Okay so what Bleek and that girl he had bricked, he did bring us Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Rick Ross, and he’s about to drop Nas. I smell a hater, how you going to leave them out. Jeezy 2x platinum, Ne-Yo 1.5 million, Rick Ross Gold off 5 weeks. Nas will go plat if the first single is right, and you know Jay going to sell big. Look at the other labels compared to them Def Jam has done good.


    ^dont forget he produced that linkin parks’ dude cd…this nigga just dont know shyt


    bout to roll an L and ponder evil thoughts



    [Nas talking]
    (“Fuck Jay-Z”)
    What’s up niggas, ay yo, I know you ain’t talkin ’bout me dog
    You, what?
    (“Fuck Jay-Z”)
    You been on my dick nigga, you love my style, nigga
    (“Fuck Jay-Z”)

    (I) Fuck with your soul like ether
    (Will) Teach you the king you know you
    (Not) “God’s son” across the belly
    (Lose) I prove you lost already

    Brace yourself for the main event
    Y’all impatiently waitin
    It’s like an AIDS test, what’s the results?
    Not positive, who’s the best? Pac, Nas and Big
    Ain’t no best, East, West, North, South, flossed out, greedy
    I embrace y’all with napalm
    Blows up, no guts, left chest, face gone
    How could Nas be garbage?
    Semi-autos at your cartilege
    Burner at the side of your dome, come outta my throne
    I got this, locked since ’9-1
    I am the truest, name a rapper that I ain’t influenced
    Gave y’all chapters but now I keep my eyes on the Judas
    With Hawaiin Sophie fame, kept my name in his music
    Check it


    Ay yo, pass me the weed, pour my ashes out on these niggas man (no doubt)
    Ay, y’all faggots, y’all kneel and kiss the fuckin ring


    I’ve been fucked over, left for dead, dissed and fogotten
    Luck ran out, they hoped that I’d be gone, stiff and rotten
    Y’all just piss on me, shit on me, spit on my grave (uh)
    Talk about me, laugh behind my back but in my face
    Y’all some “well wishers,” friendly actin, envy hidin snakes
    With your hands out for my money, man, how much can I take?
    When these streets keep callin, heard it when I was sleep
    That this Gay-Z and Cockafella Records wanted beef
    Started cockin up my weapon, slowly loadin up this ammo
    To explode it on a camel, and his soldiers, I can handle
    This for dolo and it’s manuscript, just sound stupid
    When KRS already made an album called Blueprint
    First, Biggie’s ya man, then you got the nerve to say that you better than Big
    Dick suckin lips, whyn’t you let the late, great veteran live

    “God’s son” across the belly, I prove you lost already
    The king is back, where my crown at?
    (Ill…will) Ill Will rest in peace, let’s do it niggas


    Y’all niggas deal with emotions like bitches
    What’s sad is I love you ’cause you’re my brother
    You traded your soul for riches
    My child, I’ve watched you grow up to be famous
    And now I smile like a proud dad, watchin his only son that made it
    You seem to be only concerned with dissin women
    Were you abused as a child, scared to smile, they called you ugly?
    Well life is hard, hug me, don’t reject me
    Or make records to disrespect me, blatent or indirectly
    In ’88 you was gettin chased through your buildin
    Callin my crib and I ain’t even give you my numbers
    All I did was gave you a style for you to run with
    Smilin in my face, glad to break bread with the god
    Wearin Jaz chains, no tecs, no cash, no cars
    No jail bars Jigga, no pies, no case
    Just Hawaiian shirts, hangin with little Chase
    You a fan, a phony, a fake, a pussy, a Stan
    I still whip your ass, you thirty-six in a karate class
    You Tae-bo hoe, tryna’ work it out, you tryna’ get brolic?
    Ask me if I’m tryna’ kick knowledge
    Nah, I’m tryna’ kick the shit you need to learn though
    That ether, that shit that make your soul burn slow
    Is he Dame Diddy, Dame Daddy or Dame Dummy?
    Oh, I get it, you Biggie and he’s Puffy
    Rockafeller died of AIDS, that was the end of his chapter
    And that’s the guy y’all chose to name your company after?
    Put it together, I rock hoes, y’all rock fellas
    And now y’all try to take my spot, fellas?
    Philly’s hot rock fellas, put you in a dry spot, fellas
    In a pine box with nine shots from my glock, fellas
    Foxy got you hot ’cause you kept your face in her puss
    What you think, you gettin girls now ’cause of your looks?
    Ne-gro please
    You no mustache havin, with whiskers like a rat
    Compared to Beans you wack
    And your man stabbed Un and made you take the blame
    You ass, went from Jaz to hangin with Caine, to Herb, to Big
    And, Eminem murdered you on your own shit
    You a dick-ridin faggot, you love the attention
    Queens niggas run you niggas, ask Russell Simmons
    Ha, R-O-C get gunned up and clapped quick
    J.J. Evans get gunned up and clapped quick
    Your whole damn record label gunned up and clapped quick
    Shaun Carter to Jay-Z, damn you on Jaz dick
    So little shorty’s gettin gunned up and clapped quick
    How much of Biggie’s rhymes is gon’ come out your fat lips?
    Wanted to be on every last one of my classics
    You pop shit, apologize, nigga, just ask Kiss

  • http://www.offthesubject.com Huh?!?

    Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool

  • haitian greg

    very astute post my nigga. given the fact that I’ve had the pleasure of calling u a full fledged brother in arms ( 3 pounds, 380′s, etc.) for over 20 years and countless street eps, gotta say you sound like ur on to sumthin. peace to the whole hill, hurst, and corona crew!

  • Jersey Boy

    Dude sucks who made ths article JAY Z IS GOOD

  • http://www.dallaspenn.com BILLY SUNDAY

    JAY-Z needs your support on this one. So if all you humps stopped downloading so much music he won’t have to sell drugs again. JAY-Z did make his first million off selling crack right? And the F.B.I. could never figure out it was him because he couched his deeds inside cleverly written rap songs.

    You dumbazzes need to just go out and buy his new CD instead of using the bit torrent.

    Shout to Enlightened for jabbing back at me on the ALLEN ILLY crossover…

    your’e still a JAY-Z dickbag Enlightened

  • LOS


  • Prince Of The South

    My fault I forgot about mike shinoda record. Nas has no single out, just guest spots. You watch what I say, if Jay was smart he’d do a double single with Nas. People want to hear two of the best on the same song. If Jay was smart he’d turn that into money. At least then people would have a reason to buy Nas cd. Cause with Jay dropping two weeks later nobody is going to be checking for him. That’d be a hit if it had the right beat and Nas had a good enough verse. Kinda like what Dre did for 50 and Game. The How We Do record for Game album and Hate it or love it for both albums. Only have Nas come with a single with Jay on it just for Nas cd and then a collabo for both records for Jay album. Jay a hustler he’ll do something like that.

  • 123

    Fuck Gay-Z!

  • 123

    “Fuck Jay-Z, he broke and I smoke daily” 2Pac

  • Darth Vador

    william h. sunday…………H is for homo ……not hip hop….123 gets it in the ass from william h. sunday…. faggot….dj.incredible …incredible my asshole….jay-z is not goin broke…jigga is half way on to being a billionaire…”we america should print hovas face on the new 1000 dollar bills…i can see it now” -Bill Clinton…..princess of the south you crossdresser shut up…anyways this is a DISS on all the hova haters….now before you comment this and try to sound hard…..smack yourself and think about this….jay owns a clothing line….he is the best rapper of all time….he really raps none of this chain hang low or g unit shit…people think…..he makes shoes…watches ….movies…you think 50cent is good ?? ha…….im goin to sleep ….goodnight and you people dont know about hip hop …..stick to tryin to rap…


    So please buy JAY-Z’s new album because Beyoncé’s handbags and weaves cost a whole lotta money. THAT SHIT RIGHT THERE IS SO FUCKING FUNNY

  • 160jordansdeep

    So please buy JAY-Z’s new album because Beyoncé’s handbags and weaves cost a whole lotta money. lol talking about big butt beyonce weave I will tell you guys a secret that here waves are made of virgin poodle dog hair and a mix of dead white women

  • Landzsi the HUN

    FUCK JAY Z. FUCK DIDDY. 2 fags ruinin hip hop. fuck em. Gay-Z is cockin his fellas real hard.

  • Omar

    Enlightened Says:

    September 18th, 2006 at 2:11 pm
    That was when Jordan was still with the Bulls nigga. If you can get something like that wrong…. am I supposed to believe you know what you’re talking about about Jay-Z’s business ventures, etc. You might not have a good week homie.

    Thank you.

  • Combat Jack

    DP, good to see you on the XXL platform. Jay can’t be going broke, dude is just possessed with that rap ish.

  • e

    @ Billy Sunday
    You tried to hard to be controversial, Bol’s taken shits more important than you(no steve o.

    Now back to the topic Jay should not come back every verse that he has spit lately has been completly wack. I think the album will be compiliation style to showcase def jams talent(or lack there of)

  • Projectnrm

    Artists don’t make money off of albums. Everyone knows that. It all comes from touring and merchandising. So the belief that Hov is trying to get rich off of “Kingdom Come” is ludicrous.

    He might very well be doing this to help Def Jam’s bottom line after a pretty disappointing 2006.

    The concept of the taxes from all of his other ventures hurting doesn’t make sense, either. Outside of the real estate, all of these other businesses are pretty well established to the point where they’re earning him money now. If they weren’t…he needs a new financial planner.

    And I think Beyonce can afford her own weaves by now. Just a hunch.

  • incredible

    you betta say dat!
    also he gonna need some ducats for the AZT!

  • D-nice

    This guy is ON drugs…He’ll be the first in line when jay-z starts selling them again….hahaha

  • Brandon Payton

    Too much money coming in to be broke, though you raise an interesting arguement and interesting points, I HIGHLY doubt jay-z is losing money. If anything I think it’s boredom jay might have, three years have passed, a lot of issues in his life have not been adressed on wax, from linking up with Nas, to the accident his nephew had (may he rest in peace), criticism from artists on his own label and peers, to little things in his life like the shots a lot of rappers have taken at him and court cases old wrestlers try to diamond cut him with (Shit if u wanna talk about broke let’s talk about D.D.P). I think Jay just couldn’t let another November go by. I also think he may have seen inspiration while working with Nas on his album, after all when there’s competition I think we all get inspired if we care about our craft. I’d like to think that expression and the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a great project is what keep an artist like Jay in the rap game. I’m sure the money doesn’t hurt but it’s the expression, the work, and the conversation and debate of if dude is the best ever that a new album will raise that put him back in the studio. Let’s see if Jay can remind us why we throw those diamonds up or why we look at other rappers sideways when they say they’re the best. Oh and I’m sure B can afford her own cosmetics, let’s not forget she didn’t drop no killa season. ;) Peace – bp158005@ohio.edu

  • E man

    Lets see it cost My Jigga 15 cents a day in a sweatshop to produce roc a wear I dont think hes losing that bad dude

  • http://www.xxlmag.com L.A.’s Finest

    Rocawear still has some nice clothes, but I go to the Alley, I aint paying full price!!! L.A. for life!!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com L.A.’s Finest

    Oh yeah, Jay-Z aint broke fool!!

  • pop a poppa

    Master P anyone? naw tho… J ain’t broke. Jigga just don’t know how to live witout the limelight.

  • pop a poppa

    oh and as far as having 3 of the top 5 2006 albums… you forgot to mention that Def Jam is droppin’ Luda too. so that is another in the best of 2006.

    but you wrong on that still.
    top 5 albums of 2006 (so far)

    1. T.I. – King
    2. Ice Cube – Laugh Now, Cry Later
    3. DJ Khaled – Listennn
    4. Rhymefest – Blue Collar
    5. Ghostface Killah – Fishscale

  • http://www.wildstylefm.nl Freddy Freeloader aka J to the A.A.P.

    I think this kinda talk is exactly the reason he’s coming back. People starting to doubt him and wondering if he can still bring it. I think he’s coming back ’cause he got something to prove again.

  • Dermeezy

    The guy that wrote this article is special. He is clearly hating on the Hov. There is no way Jay is going broke. He could quit working now, and just spend money, and he would never go broke the rest of his life. He isn’t dumb you know he has invested money to live off. The money he spends on his business ventures is just play money for him.

  • Dj K-nyce

    as long as im alive hes a millionaire/oh yeah/he dont even have to write rhymes/cause i done seen like my money last two life times/


    did that guy say artist make money off of merchandising….wow i heard it all…so do you have bobble-heads of all the rappers on your dresser


    “Jay Z hasn’t done shit as el presidente so far, and the ROC is dead. Who has the ROC put out lately and does anyone even wear Roc-A-Wear anymore? ”

    roca wear is not ment for the people at the marcy projects…roca wear is expensive…i be by the marcy pjs all the time and they dnt wear that sh** and beside to me g-unit is better, its better material and costs less !!!!! i never like roca wear!!! and he hasnt put shit out lately fuck jay fuck the roc… DAME ALL DAY

  • They one they love to hate

    millionaires can go broke, like a person wit a thousand dollars can go broke if they spend all of it, if you have millions, and you spending millions and have businesses that your not overlooking properly you can go in the hole ask hammer.

  • keith

    EASTSIDE BREAD MAKER that shit was hilarious!!!!

  • Lloyd

    Man who da fuck does homeboy think he is? Like be honest if Jay-Z was ever going broke do you think it would have taken him this long to make a comeback? Personally it’s all hype and Jay’s niggas are gonna crack this homo ass nigga. Jay has paper for decades and can’t one nigga fuck that up by talking shit. This nigga got Jeezy and word is that Cash Money, Young Money, and & Rock-A-Fella are gonna merge with a year or two… Stay tuned.

  • Mr.Me

    Is this this Dallaspenn guy a celeb or a average joe? Regardless.. XXL need to holla at Big Kountry….that nigga will blog for re-up money.

  • chitownstandup

    excuse me mr. penn how much money do you have again? i got more out of the responses than yo whack ass article.

  • major

    get ya facts straight(MJ and AI)… are u angry at jay for something, u diss him sort of and then tell everyone to cop his album. did he not sign your fav. album or something


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  • http://www.xxlmag.com The Undergroud King

    weak ass blog nigga you speculating on shit you have no credible evidnce on..shit about tickets?? you assume he losing money,motherfuck your weak ass perceptions you ignorant fuck!! Havier?? shit aint even funny all telling us is that your moms is a retard!! baitch!! ya..mean while back at the ranch.. do a credible blog on facts.hater i take it Jay is the first to have a business?? they people smarter than you and your mom out there who manage his shit.. get the fuck of the net!!

  • p-city


    I’ve been reading these posts and I think back to when S.Carter said that hip-hop was a lot like pro wrestling.

    I mean, you cats are seriously watching to see who “wins” the game. Trust me, it ain’t the cats in the ring. It never has been. Never will be.

  • R.F.B

    Dumbest shit i’ve heard in my life, what makes you think that album money is gonna keep him afloat. we all know big money doesn’t come from album sales

  • http://dallaspenn.com/weblog/?page_id=291 BILLY SUNDAY

    JAY-Z is not going broke in the sense that you broke azz niggas go broke, but he is spending more money than he is taking in. Do you think that Universal/Island gives him an open bank vault and says “do you”? Why do you think albums like Roots and Ghostface received limited promo? It’s because shitbags don’t buy music, they steal it. So if he knows that a good group or artist isn’t going to make quota he has to cut the losses for that project.

    JAY-Z doesn’t just make scrilla from actual CD units sold, but from various other products he places in your hands, on your feet and most importantly, in your heart. A few months ago you dreamed about cracking open a bottle of Cristal as a sign that you had acheived something in your life. Those are the important ideas that JAY-Z sells thru his music. That’s why he’ll never be penniless.

    Going broke for mega-millionaires is all about going from 300mil to 30mil (liquid capital assets). Anybody can go broke. Donald Trump went broke in the early ’90s recession, but he stormed back when New York’s real estate market made a come back.

  • micguevara

    Hey Iverson did that nasty cross over pre-2nd retirement,when he was still with the bulls

  • allnice

    I can believe that Jay is losing alot of dough. Since he doesn’t really own Rocafella or the Nets, his real estate investments are probably very important to his net worth. He could lose alot more money if his real estate investments flop.

  • lildap

    Hov-Broke???HAHAHAHA???You crazy!!!

  • ur a dumbass

    Ur fucking the dumbest person ever u piece of shit r u kidding me, jay-z going broke? He’ll be richer than ur whole family tree from the start to end put together i hope u die rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ya faggot

  • MC

    yo the new album’s gonna be the hottest..check out this radio rip of “Kingdom Come” the title track and you’ll see whats up…1


  • MC

    In response to the article, TNT and HP both are payin jigga for ad campaigns. I dont understand how the real estate market hurts Jay-Z, wouldnt it hurt Russell Simmons and Dame Dash too?

    Did they every stop to think he’s returning because he loves rap and thats what got him here in the first place?

  • Daf

    Jay-Z isnt broke your a dumb fuck billy sunday your one of those dumb fucks who dont know anything about hip hop Jays coming back cuz he feels hes better than anything thats out right now and hes right why not make a boat load of money making good music sounds like a no-brainer to me

  • http://H3f.us M-Hesy

    WOW, Jay-z is really an Uncle Tom… Just like 50 cent… What a fucking shame, they are both probably gay….

  • http://www.google.com/ Wilma

    Thanks for sepnindg time on the computer (writing) so others don’t have to.