News: Roc Nation Protege On Getting Schooled By Jay-Z, "He Taught Me About Patience"
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 2:15PM
Roc Nation protege Rita Ora recently spoke on her bond with music mogul Jay-Z and why Young Hov is anything but your average boss.
For Ora, Jay has been able to guide her music-making and put her up on some game.
Ever since being plucked from a night club in London in 2009 by Roc Nation, Rita Ora has been in the studio crafting her untitled debut album, which has been a learning experience in itself. "When I signed to Roc Nation, I was 18. At 18, I was basically singing anything [and] talking about something that I didn't really know. When we recorded a few songs... the good thing about having a musician who is also your boss, is [having him] say, 'Are you happy with it?' Rita Ora said of Jay-Z and recording,"I was like, 'I don't know.' He taught me about patience and they [Roc Nation] taught me how to find myself. i came back one day, and I swear, and I was like, 'You know what? We need to do something else. And we flipped it." Three years later, her full-length opus, featuring Ester Dean, The-Dream, Tinie Tempah, Drake and more, "is nearly done," and Rita Ora is charming the media all the while marking her name in red on the Billboard charts. (Billboard)
A few weeks ago, the London beauty talked about Jay envisioning her reaching mainstream success.
"I don't think there will be a next Rihanna," Rita told The Guardian this week. "But I think [Jay-Z] definitely sees me as someone who could be as big as Rihanna. "She's a superstar now, but they first knew her as a small-island girl - and they want to repeat that success," Rita added. The 21 year-old singer-songwriter was signed to a record deal with Roc Nation back in 2009 and is currently preparing to launch her debut album 'Albi' later this year. (Capital FM)
Back in February, Jay was spotted alongside the British crooner on a New York City radio run.
"I have Miss Rita Ora," Jay said prior to the premiere. "[laughs] This is all very un-spontaneous for us. We just came to see, you know, some great friends over here and play some music and you know, they liked what they heard and said, 'Let's just throw it on the air,' which is great. ... I love that. That's what radio is all about. It's about a feeling, an emotion. It's not about scheduling and planning. Let's do it right now." Rita then added, "Hi, what's up -- I'm from London but I love America so I'm usually here. I'm so excited." (Z100)
Over the weekend, she fell victim to love rumors involving Young Money's Drake.
Rapper Drake sparked romance rumours with music sensation Rita Ora when he hired her as his support act for the UK tour. The two have already worked together on several tracks, but it seems their professional relationship has blossomed into a romance - they were seen kissing backstage at a gig here Monday, reports thesun.co.uk. "Ora and Drake have been good friends for a while now but things seemed more serious this week. They were all over each other backstage at the gig on Monday and weren`t trying to hide it," a source said. Drake had previously dated Rihanna, while Ora was linked to Rob Kardashian. (Zee News)