Jay-Z News Bits (Jadakiss, 40/40 & American Gangster)

posted October 29, 2007 02:24:51 PM CDT | 42 comments

Hip Hop belongs to Jay-Z this week as the President of Def Jam discusses Jadakiss, prepares for the release of his latest album, American Gangster and faces a lawsuit from a former 40/40 Club employee.

The rumor mill started turning several weeks ago at the thought of Jadakiss signing to Def Jam. Several sites reported that the deal was finalized, but Hova stepped to the mic recently, revealing that the deal is "in the final stages."

He also revealed that he's been eyeing Kiss long before the Internet started going nuts over the Roc/Ruff Ryders collaboration.

"I've been actually trying to get Jadakiss to come to Roc-A-Fella/ Ruff Ryders for a minute," he told MTV News. "I spoke to [co-CEO] Dee [Dean] and all of them about doing something really special with a Roc-A-Fella/ Ruff Ryders collaboration."

During that interview, he also revealed that "Roc Boys"from the forthcoming American Gangster LPwill be the follow up single to "Blue Magic". The video for the song recently went into production.

Jay also taped an episode of VH1 Storytellers to further promote the new album. The show was taped at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn and lasted two hours. Jay will be seen performing and explaining the meaning behind selected songs from the album.

Jay-Z: Life of an American Gangster will air November Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, it appears that the Jigga Man will be headed to court in the future if a former 40/40 Club employee has her way.

Folake Ogundiran filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleging that she was discriminated against after she got pregnant. She says she was fired because "her pregnancy was considered 'inconsistent' with the 'young, fashionable, unattached, and sexy' image preferred for employees," according to a EUR Web report.

She also says she was denied unemployment benefits and barred from the property.

The amount of the suit was not available as of press time.

Fortunately for Jay-Z, other employees at the club have his back. Ron Berkowitz, a representative for the establishment told online outlet TMZ that Ogundiran's suit is "without merit" and "will likely be dismissed."

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