News: NY Yankees Star Defends Joining Jay-Z, Growing Roc Nation Sports Roster
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 12:45PM
New York Yankees star Robinson Cano recently talked about joining forces with rap mogul Jay-Z and helping add some fire power to his growing Roc Nation Sports team.
When asked what motivated the move, Cano said he did not have to look further than what Jigga represents.
"We all know what kind of man he is and what he's all about," the Dominican Republic-born slugger said in an interview "It's always good to be around people like him and share those good moments that he's into and get some good advice." (MTV)
The rap mogul takes aim at Cano's former sports agent on his new Magna Carta Holy Grail album.
Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z, who can now represent MLB and NBA players as an agent, took the time out of his busy schedule to rap about Scott Boras. Yes, the same Scott Boras that used to represent New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. Now, Cano is signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports. Jay-Z will release his highly-anticipated album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" on Thursday and name-checked Boras on the song, "Crown." "Scott Boras, you over baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me," Jay-Z raps on the song. (Sports Illustrated)
Following the song's lyrics surfacing, Boras made sure to have a response.
"I'm a fan of jazz," Boras told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews, "and my favorite musician is Bernie Williams. What other musician could play center field for the Yankees and win four world championships?" Boras also spoke to Rovell, without directly addressing Jay-Z or Cano. "What I've learned through my time in the business is that you can't worry about external factors," Boras said. "You just have to focus on being the best you can be. I've been asked to negotiate all kinds of things. And I don't do that because I am singularly committed to the game of baseball. My company doesn't do anything else." (ESPN)
Back in April, Hov publicly spoke out on launching Roc Nation Sports with Cano.
Cano will be co-represented by CAA, a leading sports and entertainment agency, and Roc Nation Sports, a branch of a company founded by Jay-Z. Jay-Z announced the launch of Roc Nation Sports as a full-service sports management company on Tuesday. "Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years," Jay-Z said. (Fox Sports)