View Full Version : Jay-Z feat. Warren Buffet & Steve Forbes

09-24-2010, 05:14 PM
Today I look at the recent sit down with these individuals and discuss what it means for hip hop's progression in mainstream society


What will undoubtedly fly under the radar for fans who are eagerly awaiting Flockaveli (http://sosickwithit.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/waka-flocka-flame.jpg) to drop is that recently three of the most wealthy individuals sat down for a lunch and discussion about business, philanthropy, and whatever else people of that income status have to talk about. While it’s no surprise to see Warren Buffet, legendary investor and entrepreneur, and Steve Forbes, former Presidential candidate and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, the third name on the roster is one that few in the business world years ago could have ever imagined would have been dining with these two billionaires, Mr. Shawn Carter (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4cclfrmzWyk/RZ6PSCym7FI/AAAAAAAAAEE/DXNZr3x0Pyo/s320/jay-z+diamond.jpg).

While Jay-Z has made the top earners list a few times already, and has already proven his business savvy by investing in joint ventures in many different industries, as well as shared the stage with Mayor Bloomberg and created his own scholarship foundation, recognition like this is still the most incredible accomplishment we’ve ever seen from a one-time hustler turned rapper. This is the American Dream right here, and it’s crazy to think that not only is dude having lunch with one of the most noted businessmen of the last century, but that Warren Buffet was actually listening to him to get some advice. It’s not often that you see Jay humbled, at least not in the obvious sense, but if you’ve ever wondered how Hov manages to be one step ahead of the game at all times, it’s cause he’s a good listener, and a smart-minded mafucka, and that all came out in their time together.

I’d highly recommend checking the article (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/1011/rich-list-10-omaha-warren-buffett-jay-z-steve-forbes-summit-interview.html) and watching the video (http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/09/22/jay-z-warren-buffet-discuss-success-at-400-forbes-summit-video/), but if not, at least take away this one piece of valuable information from the King of New York (no Walken), “when you’re in the studio, you’re an artist, you make music, and after you finish, you market it to the world”. THIS is the epitome of hip hop right here, like it or not, this whole culture is about creating something that allows you to give back as well as receive recognition and societal elevation. Hip hop is a hungry man’s sport, and Jay-Z has got the firmest grasp on the concept of how to approach it and maximize the results.

The haters out there point to various things with Hov, among others being that he’s a sellout. I think from day one every single rapper on the map was looking to sell out, it’s not like they were trying to stay where they were for the rest of their lives, and so part of pouring their emotions into the music was the desperation of trying to get out of their harsh situations. Jay-Z not only got out, he gave us all a blueprint (see what I did there?) for how to go about creating a successful career in the art of rhyming.

We’ve come a long way from flashy suits (http://musicselections.files.wordpress.com/2006/12/whodini04.jpg) and Saturday night club parties, gone past worldwide trips to see Japanese kids rocking Wu Wear and moved past spending too much time profiting off of fallen legends (http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/v/vma_09/nyc/vma97_diddy_micelotta.jpg), and now hip hop has become a viable commodity for global business. This “fad” is now the subject of the conversation with some of the richest men in the world, old white dudes who recognize that this thing right here is a worthy investment that can create wealth for years to come. If that doesn’t prove that hip hop is a legitimate art-form whose cultural influence is helping to define expansive areas of business, then nothing will, and if you’re gonna disagree with Warren Buffet and Steve Forbes as far as money-making goes, then I guess Flockaveli is exactly what you SHOULD be bumping.