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Jay-Z explains being a good sports agent and his drug dealer past

Jay-Z 22By DJ Louie Styles
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Usually, when a person gets out of the drug game to go legit, they don’t keep bringing up their past. But, Jay-Z has created an entire lifestyle out of being an ex-drug dealer that has followed him for seventeen years. Jay-Z has continued releasing music and closing business deals since the release of his first album.

A lot of people were impressed with what Jay-Z did with his club and owning the Nets, but that was only the appetizer. Seeing how beneficial sports management is, Jay-Z sold his stake in the Nets and then he launched Roc Nation Sports. Kevin Durant is among the people represented by Jay-Z.

During his interview with Vanity Fair, Jay-Z talked about his latest job. The question was posed about why Jay-Z feels he will be a good sports agent. Aside from the work he has already gotten done, Jay-Z said him being a drug dealer in the past will help him with his career as a sports agent.

Read an excerpt from the interview below:

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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