The Evolution of Jay Z

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A Business, Man

In 2009, two years after after releasing the underrated American Gangster (well, as underrated as a No. 1 album can be), Jay announced he was leaving Def Jam and starting Roc Nation, his own record label, talent/management agency and music publishing company. The imprint has signed emerging stars like J. Cole, Jay Electronica and Willow Smith. Roc Nation joined Jay's 40/40 sports bar franchise, his part ownership of the New Jersey Nets and several other ventures as part of the rapper-turned-entrepreneur's growing business empire.

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