Jay-Z & Roc Nation Partner With Universal Music Group

posted Monday April 08 ,2013 at 10:33AM CDT | 48 comments

Jay-Z & Roc Nation Partner With Universal Music Group

Jay-Z says "It feels good to be home," as he moves back into the UMG building, in a multi-year deal.

Jay-Z is back in the UMG building. An announcement was made this morning confirming that Roc Nation has partnered with Universal Music Group in a multi-year deal. The agreement reportedly states that upcoming albums from Jay-Z and Rihanna will be released through the UMG/Roc Nation partnership. Through Def Jam, both artists have long maintained ties to UMG, however Jay-Z had inked a deal with Sony/Columbia Records, where Roc Nation released albums from J. Cole and Rita Ora.

The global deal allows Roc Nation to be a standalone label with UMG Worldwide.

Jay-Z said in a statement, "We are looking forward to working with Lucian and the incredible team he's assembled at Universal.  We would like to applaud Lucian for collaborating with us to strike a new age deal. This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation's artists—being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major. I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home."

The Brooklyn, New York mogul has recently been photographed in the studio with Timbaland, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled and others. The announcement comes less than a week after Roc Nation acquired the sports representation rights to New York Yankees Second Baseman Robinson Cano.

RELATED: Jay-Z, Roc Nation & Beyonce Sign Publishing Deals With Warner/Chappell Music

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  • Anonymous
    "Wu Tang are far from broke" Rza is the only one making real money these days.
    • Anonymous
      I don't understand how you internet weirdos can look at famous people and judge whos "broke" and whos not. You know nothing about them or what they have....You just looked at estimated "net worth" bullshit or judge by who you see on TV the most....You dont know bout their investments, or anything they do outside of music....And even if they're "broke" in the rapper world, their broke is probably more money then you will ever see in your life. So shut the fuck up and worry about yourself.
  • dentaldamboy
    Jay-Z is my Idol Birdman sucks
  • Fools talk
    Fools wants Hov rap about pussy n how he get big ass girls... Lame blacks haters
  • They Wanna Be The King
    Inspired by Basquiat, my chariots of fire Everybody took shots hit my body up I'm tired Build me up, break me down, to build me up again They like Hov we need you back so we can kill your ass again Hov got flow though he's no Big and Pac but he's close How I'm supposed to win they got me fighting ghosts (Most kings get their heads cut off) Same sword they knight you they gonna good night you with Sh*t that's only half if they like you That ain't he even the half what they might do Don't believe me ask Michael See Martin, see Malcolm You see Biggie, see Pac, see success and its outcome See Jesus, see Judas See Caesar, see Brutus See success is like suicide Suicide, it's a suicide If you succeed prepare to be crucified Hmm, media meddles, n*ggas sue you, you settle Every step you take they remind you, you ghetto So it's tough being Bobby Brown To be Bobby then, you gotta be Bobby now Now the question is, is to have had and lost Better than not having at all Because dawg
  • SMH
    I HATE WHEN PPL ARGUE ABOUT RAP DUDES MONEY, LIKE ANY OF YOU CLOWNS KNOW HOW MUCH DOE THEY REALLY HOLD. GET YALL LIFE TOGETHER LAMES!
  • Anil
    Great. Can I please have Jay Electronica's album already?
  • J.A.Y.-Hoffa
    I'm so far ahead of my time, I'm bout to start another life Look behind you, I'm bout to pass you twice Back to the future and gotta slow up for the present I'm fast, niggaz can't get past my past How they propose to deal with my perfect present? When I unwrap "The Gift & the Curse" in one session Ain't no livin person can test him Only two restin in heaven can be mentioned in the same breath as him Seven straight summers, critics might not admit it But nobody in rap did it, quite like I did it If you did it I done it before, you get I had it Got mad at it and don't want it no more And that goes for everything from flippin that raw Flippin whores, flippin vocal chords, don't get it twisted Get it right, did different, did it better, did it nice Did the impossible then did it twice (get it right)
  • NIGGA
    DAMN...NEVER HEARD OF ONE LABEL BEING SIGNED TO DIFFERENT MAJORS BEFORE!!
    • Jerome
      I KNOW DAWG. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. JAY KEEP MAKING POWER MOVES. NO OTHER CAT IN THE GAME HAS DONE THIS SHIT BEFORE. lol everytime jay make any moves, its publicized and lemmings swallow it as some huge deal. None of yall hear the moves Dre or Diddy make but them dudes earnings these years are the top in the game. Its all mediahype
    • Anil
      Wu-Tang.
    • NIGGA
      WU-TANG AIN'T NOTHING BUT BROKE NIGGAZ...SORRY BRAH.
    • Anonymous
      Wu Tang are far from broke.
    • Anil
      I meant that Wu-Tang was the first group to be signed as a collective, but also have solo contracts with different labels.
    • Anonymous
      wu tng aint broke they made money from music when it was worth it they all PAID
    • CRACKA
      SHUT UP... NIGGA
  • Let The Hate Commence.
    Dude stay making moves while yall stay hating while scraping up money to go to McDonalds.
  • Anonymous
    Yo RocNation began as Jays plan to make a super successful independent label and management outside of the big labels/recording companies. wtf is this bullshit then?
    • The Decatur ATL BOI
      So, the name of the game is economic position. With a good economic position, you can continue to put out more artist, sign more artist and ultimately create a better brand and produce more music for you to enjoy. It's basic math dummies. Go with the label that is going to market your brand the best. It's like selling Nike's in foot locker. Sure Nike can sell shoes in their Nike store, but they can sell MORE shoes in foot locker than they would ever sell on their few stores. So, jay is looking to further his brand and create more options for future endeavors.
  • #DOPEMUSIC
    So Def Jam just lost there biggest artist?
  • Burmy
    I hope somebody relaunches Roc-a-Fella to serve as a home for REAL, STRAIGHT-UP HIP-HOP. Jay don't care about us anymore, we'll just use the TRUE DYNASTY he threw away, pick it up, and destroy his FALSE DYNASTY. FREE BEANIE SIGEL
    • Anonymous
      Beanie Will Be Out In......Damn 2017 or so.
  • dentaldamboy
    Birdman runs Universal. Jay, Birdman is my boss and it's great. I'm sure you'll enjoy working for him as well. Just stay in line or Beyonce may have another miscarriage.
    • Anonymous
      birdman don't run shit but cmr
    • Anonymous
      partner not under stupid idiot
    • dentaldamboy
      CMR is Universal's biggest earner. Hence, Birdman calls the shots.
    • ^
      No. You're wrong. Birdman doesn't call any shots at Universal; Universal calls the shots.
    • Anonymous
      Jay's pockets are tons heavier than Birdman's lol
    • dentaldamboy
      No they aren't. Birdman has more cash than Jay. Jay has most of his money locked up in rapidly deteriorating ventures. Meanwhile, Birdman is mostly cash except investments in Trukfit, Bronalnd Oil & Gas, as well as a few properties in New Orleans. Unlike Jay's shitty investments, all of Birdmans investments already generate regular dividends.
    • ^
      Nothing you say is true. Jay-Z has more money than Birdman. Jay-Z owns a part of the Brooklyn Nets, has 40/40 clubs, Rocawear, is a part of LiveNation, record sales, RocNation, and other good investments. Birdman, however, has shitty investments outside of music that doesn't make a lot of income; he's making most of his money off of record sales of Young Money/Cash Money artists. There's no such thing as Bronald Oil & Gas. Forbes themselves will tell you what you're saying is bullshit; that Jay-Z is worth more and has more money than Birdman.
  • Anonymous
    So now Birdman and Jay-Z are under the same record label.
  • Mike
    Good news
  • Chris Etrata
    In other words, Rihanna is now a Roc member and Roc Nations albums go out independently withing UMG.
    • FOR YOU HATERS: A JAY VERSE
      There's never been a nigga this good for this long This hood Or this pop is hot Or this strong With so many different flows This ones for this song The next one I'll switch up This one will get bit up These fucks To lazy to make up shit They crazy They don't...paint pictures They just trace me You know what Soon they forget who they plucked They whole style from And try to reverse the outcome I'm like...CLUCK I'm not a biter I'm a writer For myself and others I say a B.I.G. verse I'm only biggin up my brother Biggin up my borough I'm big enough to do it I'm that thorough Plus i know my own flow is foolish So the rings and things you sing about Bring em out It's hard to yell when the bar-rel's in your mouth I'm in...New sneakers Deuce seaters A few Diva's What more can i tell you Let me spell it for you W-I-Double L-I-E Nobody truer than H-O-V And I'm back for more New Yorks ambassador Prime Minister back to finish my business up
    • FOR YOU HATERS: A JAY VERSE:
      Now you know ass is Willie When they got you in a mag For like half a Billi And your ass ain't Lilly White That mean that shit you write must be illy Either that or your flow is silly It's both I don't mean to boast But damn if i don't brag Them crackers gonna act like i ain't on they ads The Martha Stewart That's far from Jewish Far from a Harvard student Just had the balls to do it And no I'm not through with it In fact I'm just previewing it This ain't the show I'm just EQ'in it One, Two and i won't stop abusing it To groupie girls stop false accusing it Back to the music The mayback roof is translucent Niggas got a problem Houston What up B They can't shut up me Shut down I Not even P.E. I'mma ride God forgive me for my brash deivery But i remember vivily What these streets did to me So picture me Lettin these clowns nit pick at me Paint me like a Pickaninny I will literally Kiss Tee-Tee in the forhead Tell her please forgive me Then squeeze until your forhead I'm not the one to score points off In fact I got a joint to knock your points off Young Hova the God nigga blast for me I'm at the Trump International Ask for me I ain't never scared I'm everywhere You ain't never there Nigga why would i ever care Pound for pound I'm the best to ever come around here Excluding nobody Look what i embody The soul of a hustler i really ran the street I CEO's mine That marketing plan was me And no i ain't get shot up a whole bunch of times Or make up shit in a whole bunch of lines And i ain't animated, like say a, Busta Rhymes But the real shit you get when you bust down my lines Add that to the fact i went plat a bunch of times Times that by my influence On pop culture I supposed to be number one on everybody's list We'll see what happens when i no longer exist Fuck this
  • nibs
    this guy is so un-hip hop it's staggering to think about how many people in the industry still look up to him.
    • Anonymous
      You're an idiot. Go back to your minimum wage job, and please continue to blame other people for your suffering. The man has worked hard to become a premier player in the music industry. I truly despise people like you. Your way of thinking is bad for music, and just bad for black people in general. Hard work pays off, being a hater never has. Start working hard, start achieving your goals, and I guarantee your views on Mr Carter will change.
    • dentaldamboy
      Stan, no one is saying that Jay-Z is not involved in many businesses. People are saying that all of his music after the Black Album is pop garbage, and that his music pre Blue Print was not great. IE, he is overreated as a rapper. What is so complicated about that? What does this have to do with race or work ethic? Work ethic does't guarantee good music.
    • Anonymous
      overrated*? not
    • Anonymous
      dentaldamboy, evrything you say is BULLSHIT!! Jay-Z is one of the greatest rappers. He has a better catalog of music than many rappers.
    • nibs
      ahahaha fuck you. I have a real job and education, which is why I know what I'm talking about. this has nothing to do with race. this is about a rapper who tried to personally profit off of occupy wall street with no interest in helping the movement, or even having a conversation with any real people that support it. and really, the complaint isn't about jay-z, people are certainly allowed to become capitalist pig pieces of shit (although, I don't think anyone needs $50 mill a year, and if he is getting it anyways, why isn't he helping ANYONE?) My real beef is with people like you who listen to this legal manuevering piece of shit and say he is street. He is so far from street and so disconnected from real people, it is staggering to think that people look up to him, like he gives a fuck about anything other than himself. so fuck you. you are going to stand up for him like he is a great example of a successful black man? this guy was worth $100 million dollars before he ever read a book, and I bet the only things he is interested in reading is how to start a talent agency and take as much off the top from the next black man as you can. what example has he set other than by working hard anyone can get rich? thats not a real thing. you work hard to get a real career and have a future. you get lucky as fuck and you become a multi-millionaire. I can't continue because you'll just reply "eat a dick" or something. shut your mouth and go make a difference in peoples lives, not just sell them bullshit stories that will never work for real people.
    • ^^^^^^^^^^
      Dude, shut up with the bullshit you say. You mad at Jay-Z for making something outta himself? Stop being a self-hating Uncle Tom and get a life, you pussy.
    • This for You Hater-
      'm so far ahead of my time, I'm bout to start another life Look behind you, I'm bout to pass you twice Back to the future and gotta slow up for the present I'm fast, niggaz can't get past my past How they propose to deal with my perfect present? When I unwrap "The Gift & the Curse" in one session Ain't no livin person can test him Only two restin in heaven can be mentioned in the same breath as him Seven straight summers, critics might not admit it But nobody in rap did it, quite like I did it If you did it I done it before, you get I had it Got mad at it and don't want it no more And that goes for everything from flippin that raw Flippin whores, flippin vocal chords, don't get it twisted Get it right, did different, did it better, did it nice Did the impossible then did it twice (get it right)
    • @nibs
      What have your father done to help his community... Fucking crab is the barrel.
    • real
      How is he not hip hop? Explain? That is dumb ass hell. Jay-Z has grown as an artist and business man. Those in hip hop should copy the blueprint. And those saying his investment are bad and he doesnt have that much money, show and prove.