Jay-Z was interviewed for TimeOut magazine(STR8OuttaNYC Got Scans):
Jay-Z: I am introspective, and, well, there’s that 10 percent that just can’t be taught, but a lot of how I think about myself comes from how I grew up and how I can articulate my experiences without making it too much like, “Everything is great!” or “I’m Superguy!” A vulnerability in the music and a toughness of “I will not lose”—that combination resonates with people.
Full Interview: TimeOut
More info on Jay-Z’s StarRoc label that I previously posted about.
“Stargate were like a secret weapon. We had great success with Rihanna and Ne-Yo. In only 2 years, they’ve generated 10 singles in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and 3 of those singles hit the # 1 position. This has been a rewarding partnership and it was time to take the creative venture to the next level,”
More info on the record label is below
Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter and multiple Grammy nominated production duo Stargate have officially announced the formation of StarRoc. Roc Nation has struck a global partnership deal with
Stargate encompassing both a music label and publishing company, StarRoc Music Publishing. It is the first partnership for Roc Nation, JAY-Z’s official venture with Live Nation.
StarRoc, based in New York, is a natural next step for the Norwegian duo that have already had successful collaborations with JAY-Z and the Carter Administration. Most recently Stargate has scored with the #1 songs “Irreplaceable” (Beyonce), “Take A Bow” (Rihanna), “Closer” (Ne-Yo) and
“Unfaithful” (Rihanna). The focus is to find new talent and develop artists through mutually beneficial global partnerships which include music distribution, publishing, touring and merchandising.
Stargate, comprised of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen are 6x time Grammy nominated 2008 producers, the 2007 PRS/ASCAP Songwriters of the Year, 2008 Rolling Stone Magazine Hitmakers of the Year, 2008 Ivor Novello Award recipients, Billboard #1 Hot Producers 2006 and multiaward- winning
ASCAP songwriters 2006-2008.
This groundbreaking new division, headed by Shawn Carter will partner with artists to manage their diverse rights, expand their fan bases and provide a direct connection to fans through the global distribution platform and marketing proficiencies that have made Live Nation the world’s largest live
music company. Artist Nation is an equal partner in the new business unit. Utilizing Live Nation’s global resources Roc Nation will provide a full range of services to the Roc Nation roster.