It's a good week for Jay Z: he released a new song with Drake; he was named top influential innovator of 2013 with his wife Beyonce by Vanity Fair, he supports Nipsey Hussle with the purchase of 100 copies of his new album "Crenshaw" and the release of "Made In America" directed by Ron Howard premieres Thursday on Showtime.
Fans at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England for the "Magna Carter" world tour on Wednesday night got a preview of the newest collaboration between Drake and Jay, who have collaborated most recently for the song "PoundCake/Paris Morton Music 2" off Drake's newest album, "Nothing Was The Same," HuffingtonPost reported.
Producer Timbaland was present and released a video of the two performing the new song.
Vanity Fair released "The New Establishment" a list of 2013 top leading innovators, with Jay and Beyonce ranked first, before New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
According to Vanity Fair, the couple earnred the top spot because of their growth during changing times in the music industry; Jay sold out his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" before putting it on sale, thanks to a pre-order deal with Samsung. His company, RocNation Sports has signed some of the biggest names in sports like Robinson Cano of New York Yankees and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. and Beyoncé delivered an unforgettable Super Bowl halftime performance, released an HBO documentary, and then promptly sold out her world tour, the Mrs. Carter Show.
Jay Z's success allowed him to show support for another rapper: he purchased 100 copies of Nipsey Hussel's new album "Crenshaw" which was released Oct. 8, for $100 each, according to MTV.
"It ISN'T the price of the plastic case and polyurethane disc...it's the price of Revolution! The price of Rebellion against an industry that has tricked us all into making products that have no soul for fear of not being heard if we don't," Nipsey said in a statement issued to RapRadar.com.
Nipsey's message was clearly heard. He received an email from Roc Nation on Wednesday stating Jay Z wanted to purchase 100 copies of the album, Nipsey told MTV.
The debut of Ron Howard and Jay-Z's documentary "Made In America" premieres on Showtime at 9 p.m. EST Thursday. The film is directed by Oscar-winning Howard and produced by the festival curator himself, and promises to be as music-centric as it is about the inspiration behind the performers and Philly locals.