Friday, June 7, 2013

The Village Market: Young Hov, the Sports Agent

By Jared Shalek

Among the various pop culture phenomena, artists, and entertainment entities that are treasured by Millennials, you’d be hard pressed to find two that have been as comprehensively consumed and revered as much as the long-running HBO series “Entourage” and the long-running musical career of Jay-Z. Love it or hate it, you watched “Entourage” until the end. Sure, most people ended up hating themselves for sticking out those final few seasons, but we just had to see what happened to the guys. Love or hate Jay-Z, you always listen to his new music. Both “Entourage” and Jay-Z are must-see generational phenomenons, and over the past month, they’ve become intertwined in a way that Mr. Carter might not have fully realized.

Jay-Z strikes me, and pretty much everyone else, as someone who knows what he’s doing, both musically and in the business world. His successful turns as a record label owner and clothing impresario have backed up his classic boast on “Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix).” He is indeed a business, man. Completing the lyric, people have, for the most part, let him handle his business, damn.

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