Mick Jagger compares Jay Z to James Brown

The Rolling Stones frontman discusses both acts' business-minded approach to the music industry

Mick Jagger has compared Jay-Z to James Brown.

Speaking about the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up, on which he is acting as producer, Jagger discussed artists he thought were influenced by Brown’s work ethic and business-minded approach to the music industry. “I mean, you look at Jay Z, for instance, and Puff Daddy,” said Jagger to Billboard.

He continued: “They’re very much into that business thing. I was never that interested in business, to be honest. I do the minimal amount of business as possible because I’m not actually interested in it as a thing. But some people are interested in it, and there’s nothing wrong with that. They want to make deals for the deal’s sake. James Brown was definitely a progenitor of that kind of businessman/performer. Before James there was a dearth of people from the African-American community who were entrepreneurs. You weren’t expected to be an entrepreneur. If you were an entertainer, you were just paid and were told what to do and where to go. And you just did it. He was one of the first people that said, ‘No. I want to take control.'”

A full-length trailer for the film was released in April, revealing that the movie will examine the singer’s highs and lows. Born into poverty, as a teenager Brown spent time in a juvenile detention centre before embarking on a musical career that would span six decades.

The film stars Chadwick Boseman, who is best known for playing baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42. Co-stars include Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, neo soul artist Jill Scott and former New Edition member Ralph Tresvant. In addition, Brandon Mychal Smith will star as Little Richard, with Missing star Nick Eversman playing Mick Jagger.

Get On Up is due to be released in the UK on September 26.