Rappers take musical partnership into business deal

Kanye West‘s design company DONDA have partnered with Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation, it has been confirmed.

A post on Jay Z’s Life + Times website states that Roc Nation will now manage “all DONDA Music”. Since its inception in 2012, DONDA has worked on album artwork and live shows for artists such as 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Lil Wayne as well as Kanye West and Jay Z’s ‘Watch The Throne’.

“Kanye West’s creative house DONDA enters into partnership with Roc Nation to manage all DONDA Music,” the announcement states. “The partnership will focus on Mr West’s international recording brand and worldwide touring ventures.”

Last month (March) Kanye West, revealed that he will be releasing a ‘Yeezus’ tour movie. The film will be directed by Hype Williams – who has previously helmed videos for the likes of Beyoncé and Coldplay in addition to his collaborations with West – and will be “coming to theatres”, although no firm release details have been revealed. The rapper has released a teaser for the film on his official website.

Meanwhile, Jay Z is reissuing his 2004 ‘Collision Course’ album, which was made with Linkin Park, for this year’s Record Store Day.

The joint album, which saw the nu-metal band’s songs mashed up with Jay Z raps, will be reissued on blue vinyl for the special occasion, which this year falls on April 19. The 10th anniversary reissue will also include a DVD of the joint tour both acts embarked on following the release of the album.