Jay-Z and Kanye West releasing their much anticipated collaboration album, Watch The Throne, where they battle one another in an effort to not be the Garfunkel or Sonny Bono in the equation, I thought it would be, well, neat to tip the scales in Jay-Z's favor by giving him his very own List of the Day list!
Such is the power vested in me!
But rather than write about all the My-T-Fine work Jay-Z has done over the years, I decided it would be more interesting to look at his many business ventures. It turns out, Jay-Z owns much of the earth and rents it back to us.
While I know the insanely great Billy Johnson Jr. has written incredibly deep insights in his extremely fabulous Hip-Hop Media Training blog about Jay-Z & Kanye, it's up to me to write something completely stupid. Everyone has their role at Y! Music. Call me dumb-O!the Long Ryders doing a beer commercial? It's really funny.
8) New Jersey Nets: Professional basketball team that plays in Newark, NJ. The Nets are supposed to move to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season, since Jay-Z, a member of the ownership group, doesn't feel like driving to New Jersey. No one in New Jersey cares, since the team stinks.
6) J Hotels: The crappy economy affects everyone. You can't buy food. Jay-Z can't get his hotel development off the ground. How people with money have any idea about what's going on in their lives is a constant source of puzzlement to me. Balancing my checkbook is hard enough. You think I want to get a group of people to manage my money!
4) Budweiser Select: Jay-Z as co-brand director of Budweiser Select? Why not? Who better understands how to get people to buy stuff better than Jay-Z? The entire music industry is turning into a "loss leader" and Jay-Z still makes serious money. Of course, you really have to twist people's arms to get them to buy booze.
2) Rocawear: It makes sense that a hip-hop star would start a clothing line. Music and fashion often go hand in hand. Fans have to wear something! Even better, Jay-Z sells the rights to the company for $204 million and retains a stake in the company. I want to do this!