“I’ve turned into the Rolling Stones of hip hop.”


From Time.com on Jay-Z‘s $150 million deal with Live Nation:

Jay-Z is not the first A-list recording artist to leave a traditional label for a truck full of Live Nation cash. Madonna announced a 10 year, roughly $120 million deal in 2007, while U2 revealed a 12 year touring and merchandising partnership earlier this week. Still, luring Jay-Z is a major coup for the publicly traded Live Nation. He is not only one of the world’s top-selling rappers and concert draws, he’s a former record company president. “If the [ex] president of Def Jam decides it’s time to get off the sinking ship,” says a producer who has worked for Jay-Z, “everyone else is going to start figuring out how to follow.”


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