Jay-Z Lands NME Cover

UK mag names Roc Nation's founder "King of Pop Culture."

Posted: 07/17/2013 02:22 PM EDT
Filed Under Jay-Z, Music News

Jay-Z

(Photo: NME Magazine, August 2013)

Jay-Z is more than just an entertainment mogul, he's the "King of Pop Culture," as proclaimed by the new cover of NME magazine, which bears his face. Inside the UK publication, Roc Nation's British princess Rita Ora; Tinie Tempah, who's received a Jay-Z stamp of approval; and REM's Michael Stipe were all interviewed for the story.

Stipe, for example, reacts to the Grammy winner borrowing his lyrics for a track off Magna Carta Holy Grail. On "Heaven," Jigga Man pulls from the rock group's "Losing My Religion." Stipe was honored by the mention. "I've known Jay for a long time, he's super cool, super grounded, super smart and super talented," he said. "I've always had the deepest respect for him, and his music and choices. We're thrilled [for our lyrics] to be included, it's a really great honor."

In the last few months, Jay has also landed on the front of Time's prestigious "100 Most Influential" edition and Billboard magazine.

The NME issue hits stands today (July 17).


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