New York rap newcomer Dave East is standing and applauding pal Jim Jones‘ new Roc Nation deal. The hip-hop star has reacted to the fellow Harlem native landing a situation with music mogul Jay Z.

East went to Instagram last night (February 10) to shout-out Jimmy’s headline-generating power move.

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This week, Jimmy flexed his Roc Nation situation by clocking in studio time with Jay Z’s longtime affiliate Jeezy.

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After Jimmy’s deal buzz went viral, he talked about possibly collaborating with Roc Nation boss Jay Z.

“I’ve become more mature and I’ve become way more of a businessman. I don’t operate off my emotions like I used to when I was younger. I haven’t had a conversation with Jay. It was kinda done like the mob. It was sanctioned by Jay but we have a mutual friend, a real good mutual friend. [Jay Z collabo on my next album?] I’m looking forward to him making an appearance on my next album. I’ve been a fan of Jay for years. [Will it happen?] In the spectrum of making music, I wouldn’t see why it wouldn’t happen. He’s the leader of the family. You know how that goes. Whatever happens, happens. I’m here to make the best Jim Jones effort I can. They’re willing to push me to the moon and giving me a platform I haven’t had in my whole career. My whole career I’ve done independently, if you know anything about my music. So for me to take this major step is a blessing. Whether I make songs with Jay, I’d love to, I’ve been a fan of his since he was making music. So you know, it’s a great feeling.” (TMZ)

This week, Jimmy rubbed elbows with Roc Nation Sports client C.C. Sabathia.

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