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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  34 responses

Jay Z Says His Past Drug Dealing Will Help Him Be a Sports Agent


Kevin Durant’s agent, Jay Z, tells Vanity Fair that he’ll be good in his new job since he used to sell drugs: “Jay’s checkered past taught him a few things that he says will come in handy in his new role as a sports agent: ‘I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer,” he tells Robinson. “To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.’”

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  • Will Lee

    Nice

  • JibbsIsBallin

    And now he’s the $500 million man. Amazing.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    “$500 million I got a pound cake”

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Sick song and an excellent album.

  • melvo

    cake cake cake cake cake cake

  • Dfrance

    Man Jay mailed that verse in.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Agreed. I know Drake gets a lot of flack for being “soft” but one can’t ignore his creativity as an overrall artist.

  • Dfrance

    As a Nas Stan, its just natural for me to hate Jay Z, but his story is pretty amazing. Aside from that, in interviews, he’s really an articulate, thoughtful person. That’s a quality I wish he put forth more in his raps but he “dumbed down for his audience to double his dollars” so it doesn’t come across often.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Funny thing is he recorded those lyrics for MCHG but Drake wanted the instrumental back so Jay sent him the acapella of his verses and bam you got Pound Cake.

  • Dfrance

    Yeah I heard Drake tell that story. People were ranting and raving about it, so naturally I was disappointed when I heard it. Maybe it’ll grow on me. lol

  • JibbsIsBallin

    The people that call him soft are the same folks that think gucci maine is lyrical.

  • Dfrance

    “I know, of all the things that people be pokin’ fun at, never the flow tho, they know I run that.”

    Love that line.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    If anything those people ranting and raving just saw who was on the record and went nuts. Me personally I’m just a huge fan of the instrumental it’s smooth and a great way to end the album.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yea he bodied that verse.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Lol man me and my homies had this big ass argument about Drake. My one friend was Drake’s advocated while my other homie loves 90s era hip hop and calls Drake R&B. It got pretty heated for no reason at all lol

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Similar thing here with my friend, he thinks Drake is soft as well…mainly because Drake was supposed to be an opening act at a concert a while back (before he was as largely commercialized as he is now) and Drake didn’t perform because he had sprained his ankle. He thought drizzy was a little Biccch. I think the guy is creative and talented as hell. He’s doing it his way and he’s comfortable with it.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    That’s what hip hop is all about. If he started rapping about popping 9s and slanging hard white then people would say he’s fake. He stays in his lane and that’s cool.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    “Truthfully
    I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
    (But I did five Mil)
    I ain’t been rhyming like Common since” pretty much sums it all up

  • Matisse

    You can be a fan of both. Don’t let your alliance to one artist dictate your ability to appreciate other artists music. Music is not a sport. I was a huge Nas stan and still hold illmatic in high regard and love Jays entire work.

    I agree about his intelligence and his habit of mailing it in. But Jigga screwing around is still better than 90 of rappers. He is to much a craftsmen.

  • Dfrance

    I say that jokingly, I have all Jay’s albums, listen to all his stuff. I’m a fan. My allegiance to Nas just makes me take any and every opportunity to take a shot at Jay. lol

  • Dfrance

    That’s why I can Jay the iPhone of rap. No matter what he puts out, his fans will go nuts over. lol

  • Matisse

    Lol I feel yeah man.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Lol nice comparison

  • Anthony

    Terrible story….young folks already think that being a D boy, or engaging in some other sorts of thuggary will assist you in life. What’eva happened to COLLEGE…”I can do it (or this well) b/c I used to sell drugs…” has been this kats DNA ever since 94….& we keep buying it….smh…in different version, forms, and over different beats….smh. This is worse than Jordan’s re-released at $200/pair….Oh well, let me put on my 6′s and brush the dirt off my shoulders….

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Only one way to settle heated arguments like that…DANCE OFF!

  • berkamore

    Some of those rappers are excellent businessmen. Look at the 50 cent interview below, he knows his stuff.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybxsh2wk9qs

    I am not gonna argue with a guy worth half a billion but I think that Jay-Z’s past helps as an agent mainly because it’s all sales. A Drug dealer is a salesman first and foremost and an agent is also a salesman. Same skillset………….

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    What the hell did I just read?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Somehow we ended up settling it in a freestyle battle lol don’t know why or even how that worked but it sure was fun winning it lol

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich
  • pposse

    imo the jigga is just taking a subliminal shot at chris brown who called him out the past couple weeks for not getting villified by the press for drug dealing and stabbing somebody. Jay just found an opportunity to inform the world again about his past without getting any grief for it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he can start slangin’ PEDs

  • fruizm

    Classic!

  • fruizm

    Classic!

  • davidR

    it’s the lyrics he uses when it comes to girls. a little too sensitive/emotional

    i mean that would be fine, but then you also got him talking about running with people “coming off the hip,” and catching bodies

    the lack of consistency i guess

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