ABSOLUT Vodka presents this new 15-minute short film featuring Jay-Z. The documentary, titled NY-Z, was directed by Danny Clinch and paints a rare portrait of the global hip-hop icon. With unprecedented access to Jay-Z the days and moments leading up to, and after, his legendary September 11th benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, Danny Clinch gives us an intimate glimpse into Jay-Z: his childhood, his motivation as an artist, his passion for music, and his muse, New York.
Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have officially joined the producing team of the Broadway musical “Fela!” (feh-LAH’).
Jay-Z told The Associated Press last month that he might be getting involved in the show, an Afrobeat musical about the life of Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (ah-knee-coo-LAH’-po coo-TEE’). Now producers say he and the Smiths are in, though there’s no word on how much of a financial investment the three have made in the show.
“Fela!” is now in previews at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and opens next Monday. It’s directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones.
On Thursday, September 24, 2009, Oprah Winfrey interviewed JAY-Z on her show. JAY-Z told Oprah just about everything from his childhood to his drug-dealing to his marriage and of course, on how to rap.
2008 has been a great year for JAY-Z, even though he left Def Jam in January 2008, many great things happened afterwards — marriage with Beyonce in April 2008. In the same month as well, he was awarded the most expensive contracts ever to a musician with his partnership with Live Nation for $150 million. He also successfully headlined many summer festivals in 2008 in Europe.