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ICYMI: Jay-Z Signs JAMLA’s Reuben Vincent To Roc Nation

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Jay-Z expands his Roc Nation roster with Reuben Vincent.

The label confirmed over the weekend that they have signed the 20-year-old rapper/producer Reuben Vincent. In a statement, the Charlotte native explained it has always been his dream to sign with Roc Nation and called the experience “so crazy.”

“Man, it’s so crazy like, I remember being a kid like 5 or 10 years old watching Fade to Black on TV seeing Hov sell out Madison Square Garden,” Reuben said.

“And then man, I remember getting on the bus and my friends asked me, ‘If you could ever sign a deal somebody, who would it be?’ And my first answer was Roc Nation.”

Vincent added, “To me, that was just a dream. But one thing I didn’t know back then, was that some dreams stay dreams and some dreams come true. Welcome to JamRoc.”

Reuben Vincent has released two projects with JAMLA Records including 2017s “Myers Park” and 2020’s “Boy Meets World.”

The “No Problems’ rapper took to twitter to share his gratitude. “Signing to Roc Nation is a dream come true…I’m honestly still soaking it all in. 4ever grateful and thankful. Now it’s time to do what I said I set out to do in this game. Hov, you got you one.”

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Jay-Z Signs JAMLA’s Reuben Vincent To Roc Nation

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Jay-Z is expanding his Roc Nation roster. The label confirmed over the weekend that they have signed the 20-year-old rapper/producer Reuben Vincent. In a statement, the Charlotte native explained it has always been his dream to sign with Roc Nation and called the experience “so crazy.”

“Man, it’s so crazy like, I remember being a kid like 5 or 10 years old watching Fade to Black on TV seeing Hov sell out Madison Square Garden,” Reuben said.

“And then man, I remember getting on the bus and my friends asked me, ‘If you could ever sign a deal somebody, who would it be?’ And my first answer was Roc Nation.”

Vincent added, “To me, that was just a dream. But one thing I didn’t know back then, was that some dreams stay dreams and some dreams come true. Welcome to JamRoc.”

Reuben Vincent has released two projects with JAMLA Records including 2017s “Myers Park” and 2020’s “Boy Meets World.”

The “No Problems’ rapper took to twitter to share his gratitude. “Signing to Roc Nation is a dream come true…I’m honestly still soaking it all in. 4ever grateful and thankful. Now it’s time to do what I said I set out to do in this game. Hov, you got you one.”

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[WATCH] Roc Nation Singer Maeta Bitten By Snake During Video Shoot

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Roc Nation signee Maeta shows how much an artist goes through to add important little touches to their visuals after she was bitten by a snake during the filming of her video.

The R&B singer was using a live snake as a prop in the video when the cold-blooded reptile bit a chunk of the singer’s face while the video was being filmed. Maeta took to IG to talk about the potentially dangerous situation, saying, “What I go through to make videos for ya’ll.”

 

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A$AP Ferg Signs With Roc Nation and Announces His Name Will Be Just “Ferg”

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A$AP Ferg is joining the roster over at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

Variety reported Thursday that Ferg has signed a management deal with the label and the Harlem rapper revealed that he’ll be going by just “Ferg” from now on for all his solo ventures.

In a statement, Ferg called signing with Roc Nation a “dream.” He is expected to drop his next single on October 29th produced by the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo).

“It has always been a dream to work with Jay-Z,” Ferg says. “For decades I have looked up to the moves he’s made with his diverse range of business ventures but especially with companies like Roc-A-Fella and Roc Nation. His ability to build brands and create teams alongside leaders like Jay Brown is unmatched, and it feels good to be officially a part of the family.”

Roc Nation noted, “Ferg is very much still part of the Mob, and is A$AP Ferg within A$AP Mob… Ferg as an individual artist and with his solo career is Ferg.”

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Jay-Z’s Group, Team Roc Files Lawsuit Against Kansas City Police Department

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Team Roc, Jay-Z’s philanthropic group, has filed a lawsuit against the police department in Kansas City, Kansas.

The group, Team Roc, established by Jay-Z is seeking to obtain complaints of alleged misconduct against officers.  According to the lawsuit the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department has refused to produce documents relating to any internal investigations of wrongdoing by members of the department. 

The suit names former police chief Terry Ziegler and his former partner, Roger Golubski, as perpetrators of alleged misconduct, as well as more recent complaints concerning the “blue code of silence.”

It also lists the case of former Kansas City police officer Nicholas Schafer, who was charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child younger than 14 in 2020, among other instances.

According to CBS News, court documents filed last Friday include the following statements from Team Roc, the social justice arm of Roc Nation.

“The KCKPD is entrusted by the public to help maintain peace in the community. Yet, for years, it appears that officers have abused their power and engaged in wrongdoing,” the lawsuit stated. “To the extent that the KCKPD did not take any steps to remediate these issues, the public should have a right to know so they can organize and take appropriate steps to effect change.”

“Allowing the public to obtain information about the scope and scale of the misconduct within the KCKPD will help ensure that the KCKPD is subject to scrutiny and oversight by the community that it is supposed to protect and defend,” the lawsuit stated.

Jay-Z and non profit organization Team Roc have led action for reforms within police departments and correctional facilities across the country.

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Roc Nation and Modern Luxury Team to Launch EDITION by Modern Luxury Brand and Multimedia Platform

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Roc Nation is continuing to push the culture forward. The latest announcement from the entertainment company founded by Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter is a collaboration with Modern Luxury Media, the nation’s largest luxury media company, to launch a brand and multimedia platform. Titled EDITION by Modern Luxury, the new brand and multimedia platform will amplify and elevate voices that are shaping popular culture.

EDITION will have the first fully multi-platform portal into a world of luxury that celebrates talent from diverse communities, appearing in print, digital, social, and experiential activations and innovative moments of discovery. There will also be insider content and deeper audio and video storytelling will be unlocked through hidden tokens embedded throughout the issues.

The tandem of Roc Nation and Modern Luxury aims to embrace digital natives and a diverse group of content creators and talent.

Isoul H. Harris will serve as the editor-in-chief of EDITION and will work closely with Roc Nation EVP Strategy & Communications Jana Fleishman as well as the Modern Luxury team to ensure that the multimedia platform constantly evolves and elevates a diverse array of voices. Previously, Harris worked as the editor-in-chief of UPTOWN Magazine and produced content and experiential programming for Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, and American Express Platinum. “With EDITION, we have a unique opportunity to define what luxury means now, and also challenge how the world perceives and understands culture. I am beyond excited to help shape a visionary platform that understands the aspirational significance of exploring creativity in the luxury space,” stated Harris.

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“Modern Luxury Media has built a legacy of being the premier media company in building brands in luxury that drive influential and aspirational content,” said Desiree Perez, chief executive officer and co-founder of Roc Nation. “We couldn’t think of a better partner to launch EDITION and provide a platform to amplify the voices of a powerful community.

“The importance of elevating the voices of such a powerful community has never been greater,” echoed Brett Yormark, president of business operations & strategy for Roc Nation. “We are excited to devote our efforts in creating a platform that is not only exciting but necessary in order to push the luxury media industry forward.”

“Since our founding, it’s been Modern Luxury’s mission to focus on the importance of creating connection and community. Historically, luxury titles have lacked diverse coverage. This is an unfortunate truth and as leaders and owners in media, it’s our privilege and opportunity to defy the status quo and ensure we are providing a platform for diverse communities to connect,” said John Amato, principal at Modern Luxury Media. “This is a proud moment for Modern Luxury to bring EDITION to life in partnership with Roc Nation and to ensure diverse voices are championed and represented within the luxury space.”

“This past year we have doubled down on a community-driven approach in order to fulfill our responsibility of creating new opportunities in the luxury space,” said Michael Dickey, chief executive officer of Modern Luxury Media. “Our partnership with Roc Nation to launch EDITION marks a pivotal evolution within the industry. We are thrilled to bring on Isoul Harris to join EDITION and ensure that we are bringing the mission to life with integrity, accountability and creativity.”

EDITION by Modern Luxury is set to launch in winter 2021. You can currently learn more at editionml.com.

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JAY-Z’s ‘Made in America’ Aims to Celebrate 10 Years with New Iconic Moments

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With 2021 bringing festivals back at full force, Made in America 2021 will bring one of the most impressive lineups available. Last week, The Made in America Festival lineup just got bigger. The festival, which is headlined by Lil Baby and Justin Bieber, just expanded its roster by adding Young Thug.

In addition, the fest that is scheduled for September 4 and 5 in Philadelphia boasts a lineup of Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Moneybagg Yo, Latto, Griselda, Kehlani, and many more.

Since the start of the JAY-Z-curated festival, historic moments have been made on the stage that and this year aims to bring forth more culture-shifting moments.

“We are so excited to come back to Philadelphia for the 10th year,” Jana Fleishman, EVP Strategy and Communications for Roc Nation. “The combined energy of the Philly community and the fans is unmatched. Made In America was founded in greatness and giving back and we are proud to continue the legacy with this year’s dynamic lineup and inspiring number of organizations for our Cause Village.”

Ahead of the festival, check out five memorable moments from the past below.

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JAY-Z brought out all the stops for his Made in America Festival. Serving as the headliner, Hov brought in Memphis Bleek, Young Gunz, Kanye West, Pusha T, and Big Sean. The duo of Hov and Ye, then known as The Throne, would perform “Niggas in Paris,” leading to champagne sipping and fireworks exploding.

Meek Mill’s Homecoming Performance
Fresh off the #FreeMeek campaign and a release for unjust imprisonment, Meek Mill’s returned to his hometown of Philadelphia. After opening with “House Party,” meek ran through his catalog of hits and poured his soul out with his “Dreams and Nightmares” performance.

Queen Bey Owns Made in America Stage
In 2015, Beyonce, the best performer on the planet took the Made in America Stage. In her headlining slot, Beyonce was serenaded for her birthday before breaking out into a setlist of hits from her self-titled album and classics from earlier in her catalog.

Rihanna Floats All Over Made in America
With her historic Anti album dropping at the top of the year, Rihanna’s Made in America performance was stellar. Rihanna took the performance to new heights, literally, by bringing the festival’s first floating stage.

Lizzo and DaBaby Set Made in America on Fire
In 2019, Lizzo and DaBaby were the two hottest newcomers on the planet. Both on the bill for Made in America, the two performed amazing sets but also made a must see moment when Lizzo twerked down the Billion Dollar Baby leader.

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Jay-Z & Roc Nation Apart of $500M Collectibles Acquisition

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Jay-Z has been handling his business, man.

The Brooklyn rapper’s latest business endeavor is coming in collectibles.

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation along with Fanatics founder Michael Rubin, Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala, and current Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey are investing in Blackstone’s acquisition of the Certified Collectibles Group. A company that authenticates collectibles like comic books, magazines, trading cards, and other items.

According to Business Insider, the company has certified over 62 million collectibles with a fair market value of $50 billion, and on completion of the transaction, the value would surpass $500M. 

CCG founder Mark Salzberg released a statement expressing how he feels about the new deal.

“When I established CCG, I had a vision that we would transform collectibles into an asset class that is trusted by collectors, dealers, and investors around the world,” said Salzberg. “It has been incredible to be a part of this journey as we achieved and then exceeded these goals. I am excited to join with Blackstone as we enter the next phase of growth for CCG and the collectibles market.”

Insider also reports that the funds managed by Blackstone’s Tactical Operations business will acquire a majority stake in CCG, as Blackstone looks to increase CCG’s “digital presence, add employees, and branch CCG’s geographic reach.”

This latest business deal of Roc Nation comes less than a week after Hov auctioned off his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt. And prior to that, in May, Hov’s Marcy Venture Partners was among several backers that invested $19 million in NFT marketplace Bitski. And earlier this year, he created no a $10 million fund to invest in minority-owned cannabis startups.

“I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man.” – Jay-Z

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Roc Nation Taps Wieden+Kennedy for School of Music, Sports & Entertainment at LIU

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The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment at Long Island University has announced a partnership with award-winning ad agency Wieden+Kennedy (W+K) for a Creative Promotion in Media program, which will start in the fall 2021 semester.

The new program will assist students in leading advertising and marketing with cultural impact in classes like “Hood Marketing 101: How Blackness is Bought” and “Nothing is an Accident.”

Students will be able to learn creative impact as opposed to traditional creative work while drawing knowledge from some of today’s most unconventional creative practitioners.

“Through our partnership with Wieden + Kennedy, we are offering Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment students unique and true value as well as deep insight into the creative world, which will benefit them regardless of their career path,” said Long Island University President, Kimberly R. Cline.

W+K has produced the Nike “Just Do It” campaign, along with working alongside KFC, McDonald’s, and more.

“How culture gets made is mostly a mystery,” said Michael Hagos, Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy. “We want to show more people how to get in the room, how to claim a seat at the table, and how to channel their unique voice and creativity to solve business problems.”

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Megan Thee Stallion To Donate Four-Year Scholarship To Roc Nation’s School Of Music, Sports And Entertainment

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An exclusive report from TMZ confirms that rapstress Megan Thee Stallion will be serving as a lecturer at NYC’s Long Island University while simultaneously offering a full scholarship to one lucky student of Roc Nation’s School of Music, Sports, and Entertainment.

Jay-Z’s management firm Roc Nation, who manages Megan, announced the partnership will begin in the fall of this year, but Megan is now offering a free ride to one lucky student in the program.

Thee Stallion says, “If I can use my resources to open doors and create opportunities for at least one student, then it’s a victory. It’s important that we encourage our students to pursue their passions and put them in positions to become the next game changer in whichever fields they choose.”

Megan will also serve as a guest lecturer for L.I.U.’s “Industry Expert Speaker Series”. Prospective students can apply for Megan’s scholarship giveaway through the L.I.U. website.

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