The case against signing Jay-Z

I used to think I had a pretty good handle on Jay-Z’s various business moves, but now I’m not sure what to think. It seems like every time I turn around he’s signing another record deal, and the question is: why?

Part of it’s probably that a lot of the news you hear about Jay-Z these days is bullshit. It finally got to the point where I wouldn’t even bother reading any news, if it looked like it was about Jay-Z signing another deal. I only spent about five minutes bringing myself up to date with this mess just now, for the sake of not having to exert too much effort on a Friday afternoon. (It is Friday, right? I spent about half the day yesterday thinking it was Friday.)

The other day, Hits Daily Double reported that Diddy convinced Jay to sign with Warner Music Group, so he could go back to working with the original tall Israeli, Lyor Cohen, and it sounds like they might have pulled that one completely out of their ass. What is Hits Daily Double, anyway? I tried clicking on a link to it the other day, but then I was reminded you have to give them your email in order to access the site. Then, when you do, all it is is the same chart information from Billboard, and a buncha news that turns out to be bullshit anyway. They must sell your email to these assholes who flood your inbox with links to shitty mp3s and YouTube videos.

The latest Jay-Z news, according to this site’s own crack news department (and by crack, I mean born addicted to), is that he has two new record deals. The Blueprint 3 will be released September 11th, the eighth anniversary of both the terrorist attacks and the original Blueprint, on Atlantic Records. He’s gonna announce it this weekend at Hot 97′s annual Summer Jam concert in New Jersey, even though you can already read about it all over the Internets. And I’m not sure if switching record labels (i.e. from one set of TIs to their cousins) is such a big deal that it warrants being announced at Summer Jam anyway. Maybe he figures that the crowd at Summer Jam is the kind of people who don’t use the Internets, and might be interested in hearing some shit like that.

But Jay-Z’s gonna have to do something at Summer Jam other than announce that his new album is gonna be released on a different label, right? This is the same stage where he brought out Michael Jackson (nullus), and introduced “The Takeover,” and that picture of Prodigy in a tutu and ballet slippers. At the very least, he’d better perform a new song from the album, but he might want to consider dissing somebody. If the rest of the songs on The Blueprint 3 are anything like the last several Jay-Z songs, that alone might not cut it. I’ve long suspected that he secretly can’t stand Kanye West, and the two of them aren’t gonna be on the same label anymore, so this would be as good a time as any to air him out. Maybe he can can find a picture of him in women’s clothes to put on the Jumbotron.

Speaking of Jay’s label situation going forward, the other Jay-Z news this week was that his new Roc Nation vanity imprint will be distributed by Epic – the label his boy Michael Jackson used to be on. Seriously? Who in the fuck ever heard of Epic as a rap label? And how come it couldn’t just be distributed by Atlantic, which is distributing the new Blueprint album, or Def Jam, for that matter? It could be that Epic is trying to establish itself as a rap label, and Jay conned them into paying a premium to distribute Roc Nation, even though it’s almost certainly not gonna have any good artists. (All of the best artists on Roc-A-Fella were signed by Dame Dash. I think Jay might have brought Amil into the fold. No Boutros.) But if that was the case, then why didn’t Epic get the new Blueprint album?

The last I heard, the deal with Epic wasn’t final. Or at least it hadn’t been officially confirmed. If it isn’t a done deal, Epic might want to see about getting their money back. Shit, both of these labels. Lately, Jay seems to have more of a talent for getting people to cut him a check than anything else.

  • crashxdjp

    I dont give a fuck bout all his record deals, as long as he got one we’ll get music from him.

  • PURPLE HULK

    1ST

  • General

    I don’t understand this shit with Epic either…How the fuck you gonna sign Jay’s label, but let him put out his CD, which by the way will be the only CD from his label that would sell, out on another label??? This is stupidity at its finest…

    And to think yesterday we were questioning Drake getting all this money??? Sounds to me like Epic must of had a shit load of money that they just didn’t want anymore….

    I don’t know about the whole Jay dissin Kanye thing, other than to say it might not be a bad idea to help Jay sell more records…I don’t see it happenin, but while Jay may be makin more money right now, its hard to make a case for Jay bein bigger in Hip-Hop or music period than Kanye is…

  • HATER

    LOL!! I HATE JAYZ BUT I CANT STOP WRITING ABOUT HIM! LOL!!

  • the r

    wasn’t cam’ron on epic when he first came out 11 years ago?

  • Worley

    You know these corporations always catch on to sh*t late and make the silliest decisions. Jay should have been getting these deals 10 years ago when “Jay-Z and friends” still had something to say that people wanted to hear.

  • DazzOne

    Jay-z is excellent handling artist-himself. I thought he was just focusing on releasing music and doing shows because that’s where the real money is.

    As far as what Jay got up his sleave this Summer Jam…dissing someone like ‘Wayne might be a better option.

  • sealsaa

    He’s bought into his own hype. Trying to establish himself as some pop culture icon in the same vein as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul Mcartney, and Bono. Its truly disgusting, and his music will suffer because of it. First there was the Noel Gallagher “beef”, now he’s growning taco meat on his head, and dressing like an emo kid. I’m not looking forward to the Blue Print 3.

    • Arcey

      “…Trying to establish himself as some pop culture icon in the same vein as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul Mcartney, and Bono…”

      I don’t see what’s wrong with that, a black man from the Hip-Hop culture/generation (remember Hip-Hop is over 30) being amongst those names and people like James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Prince etc.

      What is there to say ’bout Oasis? IMO, he handled it well

      One thing I see is that Bol stays trying to count Jay’s money, uhmm…

      “It finally got to the point where I wouldn’t even bother reading any news, if it looked like it was about Jay-Z signing another deal” I understand that, so you should’ve wrote about something else then cause you’re adding to the bullshit

      PS: does it mean your post was bullshit as well?!?

  • capcobra

    jay killed hisself when he passed the torch to weezy.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    If jay-Z bought out his old contract, got his masters and has his own label(Roc Nation)…why bind himself to a few new contracts and obligations.
    I think Jay-Z’s big enough to release his own albums and who wouldn’t distribute them? Why is he negotiating like an new artist and what’s to debate about if Jay-Z approches yr label for a deal?

    Seems Jay-z sold his soul for cash and can never get out even if he buys his way out…he’s in to deep.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    now he’s growning taco meat on his head, and dressing like an emo kid. (taken from Sealsaa)
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    LOL

  • DV8

    i mean really….who really cares about what the fuck is Jay-Z is doing at this point?

  • Enlightened

    You on point with this shit boy! For real.

  • G2

    I guess I’m in the minority for wanting to hear the next Blueprint album. I think Jay still has it in him to produce good music. And as far as not releasing the album on Roc Nation, it frees him up from having to be the biggest artist on a label in which he’s supposed to be managing the careers of other artists. Remember everyone crying foul when Jay’s Kingdom Come had what seemed to be a ridiculous budget from Def Jam.

  • Mat-z

    Jigga has let d benjamins
    get d better part of him to d
    extent he can’t believe he can distribute his ish himsef.Dat really shitty.

  • sealsaa

    “Remember everyone crying foul when Jay’s Kingdom Come had what seemed to be a ridiculous budget from Def Jam.”

    I don’t think people would’ve minded so much if it hadn’t been such a shit sandwich of an album.

  • Thomas

    Jay is still relevant in the hip-hop world. A lot of people complain that he’s old and needs to move on. To get to championship you have to beat the champ….no one has done that yet.

  • yeah

    yeah cause that new some death of auto tune. he dissed kanye and everyone that used auto tone

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    ANYBODY HEARD JAY-Z NEW SHIT…….”DEATH OF AUTOTUNE”

  • smac

    “I’ve long suspected that he secretly can’t stand Kanye West, and the two of them aren’t gonna be on the same label anymore, so this would be as good a time as any to air him out”

    Crystal-ball-bol (no fishsticks) gets it right again – now DOA’s out

  • geico lizard

    “according to this site’s own crack news department (and by crack, I mean born addicted to)”

    ^
    The asher roth coverage on this site is finally explained.

  • http://www.picturemedia.co.za I RUN THIS…

    “I’ve long suspected that he secretly can’t stand Kanye West”

    ..I agree with you..the only reason Jay keeps Kanye around is because Kanye has saved his carrer twice..Blueprint 1 & Black Album..do you remember what happened the last 2 times (Kingdom come & American Gangster) Jay tried making albums without him?..both albums complete failures in Kanye’s standards..shit sounded week..

  • white boy

    damn Bol, i like u, but you’re the biggest jay hater i know…

  • blah blah blah

    if no one cares wat jay-z is doing these days why the fuk are u leaving comments,go take a fucking nap nigga

  • Azhar

    Cosign white boy
    I think u have Jay-Z infatuation, for real…

  • Carl Willis

    It’s amazing how niggas go in on Jay, and then he comes out at Summer Jam and kills everyone. The whole game…not just one nigga, everybody doing the autotune! “They think I’m outta shape so I have to jog they memory”

  • RogerMartin

    So much money why doesnt Jay just press and distribute for his damn self. Mad artists with nowhere near Jay’s pockets, pull, or fanbase can put out their own stuff and do alright. This long in the game and he still isnt a boss, shame.