Jay Z is very successful and admittedly pitched white in his day, but the world famous rap star is clearly not a baseball player. One person recently learned the hard way when the director of Roc Nation refused to autograph her baseball.
On Friday, July 9, a video surfaced of Hov stepping out of a building in New York City for a handful of waiting fans who were hoping to get articles signed. Jay discreetly obliged the supporters, by signing the covers of several vinyl records. As Jay was about to board his waiting ride, an older woman in the group who had previously signed a record decided to pull out a baseball and ask the rapper to sign it. Jay gave him an awkward look before refusing his request. “I don’t play baseball,” he said simply to the woman before stepping into his arena.
It is not known if the woman was a real fan or someone trying to get autographed items and return them. Either way, Jay wasn’t hilariously around for putting his John Hancock on baseball.
Hov has taken the protection of his name, image and music seriously recently. Last month he famed hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion continued for exploiting his name and image by selling prints of the Reasonable doubt cover shoot without Jay’s permission.
A week later, reports surfaced that Jay-z had filed lawsuit against his former business partner Dame Dash for trying to sell Reasonable doubt as TVN. Dame later claimed he was trying to sell his entire Roc-a-Fella Records stake, a source said. XXL would not be possible without the approval of Jay-Z who owns a controlling stake in the company.
These rappers spent a long time without releasing an album.