RUMOR: Jay-Z Launching New Record Label with Apple?

This rumor has been making the rounds since last spring, but now the blog Boy Genius Report claims to have confirmed it with a source close to Jay himself. The former Def Jam CEO is said to be very close to announcing the formation of a new record label with Apple Computer. While it’s still far from official, a venture with the iPod giant would likely center around a digital distribution model rather than the traditional CD based business that has seen better days.

Click here to read the full report at Boy Genius Report

  • Joell

    FIRST!!! Jigga is tha MANE!

  • ddubbzz

    If this turns out to be true, man…that would be unheard of. But yall already know whatever jay does in unheard of….get em hov

  • dumbblackpeople

    Duh. no shit. what took them so long to think of this brilliant idea. rap is dead anyways fags. pz!

  • d0inwutid0

    I aint a big fan of Hovs music, but business wise this dudes pretty smart, i respect him. He went from not fucking with itunes to now gonna have his own digital distribution label. If u cant beat em, join em.

  • http://xxlmag early b

    who eva say 1st is homo… Jay is make n major move

  • REESE

    THIS IS GOING TO BE HOT IF THIS IS TRUE.

    DAMN, JAY IS KNOWN FOR MAKING MOVES.

    HE DOESEN’T EVEN NEED HIP-HOP TO MAKE THE NEWS.

    THIS JUST MIGHT BE WHAT ALL THOSE MEETINGS WITH STEVE JOBBS WERE ALL ABOUT.

  • The Infamous Mr. P

    well it was only a matter of time, since the conception of the internet music has been the its bitch constantly getting backhanded by napster like pimps and forced to to give it up for practically nothing. they say rap is dead, but think about it the only reason they say that is cause the numbers are down but does that mean that no one is listening to rap? nope it just means that everybody burning the shit,i mean com’on do you think that mexicans and blacks are listening to country music? this shit is never going away, but as long as people can get shit for free, soundscan is going to be a thing of the past. oh well, we have to think of something cause let me tell you i fuckin hate george strait. willie’s cool but theyll never do to rap what they did to disco its been too long.

  • THE NIGERIAN GANGSTARR

    hello brooklyn!!!!! so why didnt his album drop on itunes???? xxl u sure bout this story

    • REESE

      ^^^^^
      “AMERICAN GANGSTER” WAS PULLED FROM ITUNES BECAUSE JAY DIDN’T WANT IT TO BE CHOPPED UP.

      IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN AWAY FROM THE ALBUM.

      IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE BUYING 5 CHAPTERS OF A 15 CHAPTER BOOK THAT YOU DIDN’T READ……IT WOULDN’T MAKE SENSE FOR THE ALBUM SINCE IT WAS LIKE A STORY.

      HE WANTED PEOPLE TO BUY THE WHOLE ALBUM, NOT JUST SONGS.

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  • Tragic is coming

    Apple is a monopoly, do ur research dumbasses. He isnt true gangsta, more like american wanksta. He’s after ur $$$$$ and u think this is gonna be good. Have fun paying double for his burned out lyrics from Apple while he is off fuckin ur bitch. Come on yall, get a clue. U aint gonna hustle this old dog………

    • ronnie

      what is he suppose to do? keep hustlin’ crack on the corner? dude, wake up and get with the time. jay-z represents evolution and laid out a blueprint for kids to follow. and, yes, he is after the dollar while you’re content with the lent in your pocket. grow up

    • BIG TEXAS

      u so stupid…what rapper doesnt want ur money…damn i hate when people say that shit…like just because this man has done it big he didnt come from the streets just like u and me…u have to have somebody to hate on….

  • JAY STONE

    Damn jigga go for the cash

  • BIG O

    i could see if this is true jay creating a major label.no other rapper has ever been able to create their own major label.even g-unit is under interscope.jermaine dupri will be pissed but who gives a fuck.this is why hes the best right now,because of his ability to do things no one else can right now.

  • og bobby j

    is all about adaptation….the physical media (cd’s) game is slowing down. To promote and distribute digitally is just good business. Im bout to start one myself. Got flow, then holla….

    • http://www.amabalarecords.com Record Executive

      We are starting a digital music label. Hot talent! Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama

      AMABALA (pronounced “Im a Baller”) ALABAMA spelled backwards.

      http://www.amabalarecords.com | check us out!

  • http://grumpymusicsnob.blogspot.com Music Snob

    For the record There are existing internet labels out there, check Neblinarecords.com

    Peace…

  • Durty

    Funny how corporate biz happen cuz jay-z pulled american gangsta off i-tunes, cuz he didn’t like how they sold each track…..i wonder if he going 2 stop that shit, if this true

  • MDAce15

    Im not a businessman, Im a BUSINESS, MAN!!! Now, watch me handle my business damn! That’s my man right there boy. As soon as you wonder where’s he gonna go from here?, he come up with somethin new. Pure genius. Picture this: Apple (and the joint label) create music, then the music is digitally distributed thru itunes, (now here’s the genius part…) then Apple and itunes have exclusive rights and ownership of all songs, vocals, instrumentals and albums all of which can be sold individually thru itunes. Now heres perhaps the best part. By having full ownership of the digital product they can control who has it, meaning they have legal right to demand removal of their product or payment from any website that violates cocpyright laws, much the way TV and movie companies can have video products removed from you tube. Crazy Right?! I’m already the GOAT next stop is the Billy! (Billion for y’all non hip hop heads. HOLLA!

  • MDAce15

    Oh by the way maybe the artist will be able to get royalties on every song they sell thru itunes along with album royalties. Maybe. With an idea like this, the future is a straightaway and Jay is a Bugatti Veyron. My Car heads know what im talkin about.

  • pepa

    …does this mean since he doesnt have to pay for the usual advertisements and all that label garbage that we will finally see Peedi’s album? will the roc family actually get release dates now? sounds like it would be a good idea

  • illnescio

    If he’s not a hustler, what you call that?