German international becomes the first football player to sign to the hip-hop star's sports roster
Germany and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng has become the first footballer to sign to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation management company.
Roc Nation is the home to artists such as Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Grimes, Haim, Deadmau5, Rita Ora, with its sports roster including basketball player Kevin Durant, boxers Andre Ward and Miguel Cotto and baseball player Erick Aybar.
Now, Boateng has confirmed that he’s linked up with the hip-hop star. He told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag of meeting Jay Z: “We mostly talked about music and football. Jay Z knows about football and has watched numerous games”.
“America is a big market,” he added. “With Jay-Z and Roc Nation I have a lot, we want to try what is possible”.
Meanwhile, Jay Z recently launched new music streaming service Tidal, with help from a host of celebrity backers including Kanye West, Daft Punk, Chris Martin, Madonna and more.
Tidal was launched in March, but has been somewhat overshadowed in recent weeks by the launch of Apple Music.
Despite increased competition, Madonna recently defended the company, claiming that the platform is set to “build something unique and amazing”.
“We live in a society now where everybody just expects everything to be for free, but you don’t get a house for free; you have to pay somebody to build it,” the singer told Associated Press.
“It’s important that people understand we didn’t create Tidal, we didn’t put this together, we didn’t all join forces because we’re broke and we want more money,” she said. “The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognise that and we want other artists to have a chance.”
“We hope we’re going to build something unique and amazing that’s going to attract a lot of people.”