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Jay Z has been named "chief visionary officer" of a major new weed company.

The semi-retired rapper recently announced he was launching his own marijuana line, Monogram, with the brand Caliva.

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, bosses at Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. announced they had agreed to a deal with Caliva execs and Jay Z to create a new vertically integrated weed company to be named TPCO Holding Corp - with the former drug dealer set to serve as its Chief Visionary Officer.

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In a press release, the "99 Problems" rapper said he would also use his role to reform America's criminal justice system and help those convicted of weed-related offenses by providing training and job placements.

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"Although we know we can't fully redeem the injustices created by the 'war on drugs', we can help shape a brighter and inclusive future,” explained Jay Z (pictured in 2008). "The brands we build will pave a new path forward for a legacy rooted in equity, access, and justice. We're creating something people can trust and we're investing in our future, our people, and our communities."

TPCO also boasts Jay's Roc Nation labelmates Rihanna and Meek Mill as shareholders, with the stars "leveraging unparalleled cultural influence" to get other famous names on board.

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A Chicago woman is behind bars after she boarded a plane without a ticket to meet Beyonce's husband, Jay Z.

Yaazmina Payton, 23, was able to slip past airport security at two checkpoints and board an American Airlines flight to LAX without a ticket.

A witness at O'Hare International Airport alerted security when she observed Payton duck under the ropes at the boarding door.

Payton was charged with felony criminal trespass, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She told police she planned to fly to Los Angeles to meet the 50-year-old semi-retired rapper.

Payton's court-appointed attorney said his client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorder, and was suffering an emotional break when she illegally boarded the plane.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched an investigation into the security lapses at the airport that enabled Payton to get on the plane without detection.

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Kanye West defended rap mogul Jay Z upon his return to Twitter on Friday following a temporary ban for sharing a journalist's phone number on his timeline.

Kanye, 43, tweeted screenshots of messages by blogger Akademiks, featuring the headline, "Jay Z Allegedly Sold Kanye's Masters to Get Own Masters Back."

"Don't let the system pit us against each other," Kanye tweeted on Friday. "JAY IS MY BROTHER ... I have eternal love for all artist that have been through and are still trapped this crooked system. Jay still doesn't get his own masters back for ten years. I will see to it that we all get our masters."

He added: "we will change the paradigm."

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Kanye, who is battling Universal Music Group for ownership of his masters, posted his entire contract on Twitter earlier this week.

Several music industry execs who read through the contracts concluded that Jay Z sold Kanye's first six albums in order to get his own masters back.

@lavidaNOTA, a South African label owner, wrote:

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that's what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

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Now we know why Kanye West hates Jay Z with a passion. Kanye went on a Twitter rampage, posting his contracts and urinating on his Grammy Award.

@lavidaNOTA, who calls himself The Authority, is a South African record label owner who read over the contracts that Kanye posted on Twitter.com this week.

@lavidaNOTA writes, "I have 16-years experience in the music business... It took me all night to understand Kanye's contracts. Aspiring artists have no idea what they are getting themselves into. This is why it’s important to ask people who have been through it for advice!"

Apparently, Jay Z sold the masters to Kanye's first six albums just so he could get his own masters back.

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!"

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that’s what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

@lavidaNOTA says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banning Kanye from Twitter had nothing to do with him posting a Forbes editor's phone number.

"Jack Dorsey aka @jack was jogging with Jay Z just a few weeks ago. Now Kanye is banned from tweeting for 12-24 hours. Sounds about rights!"

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Former NBA star Stephon Marbury (left) is not a fan of fellow Brooklyn native Jay Z.

In a recent interview, Marbury (pictured in 2001 with his daughter, Xaviera) explained his ongoing beef with the husband of Beyonce Knowles.

In an interview with Heavy.com, Marbury, 43, said Jay Z sold drugs to pregnant women and created crack babies who are causing most of the crime in the inner cities.

Marbury is baffled that the aging rapper was never forced to take responsibility for his past behavior.

"I look at Jay-Z and I say, 'Wow, here you are trying to be something that you're not. You're not an advocate for Black people, you sold drugs to Black people and you rapped about it and talked about it.

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"How do you do that? Like, I'm trying to figure that part out; like, you can't make that right. This ain't snitching, this ain't telling on nobody, you told on yourself already... You sold drugs to people where you're from Jay-Z in Brooklyn in Marcy [Projects], you got them on crack — whatever it is cocaine whatever it is that you were selling to them. Whatever you say you was ‘cooking up’, that’s what you did."

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Some say Jay Z redeemed himself when he married then-pop superstar Beyonce. The 50-year-old rap mogul carefully cultivated his public image by donating to charitable causes and speaking out against police brutality and the criminal justice system.

But Marbury says Jay Z is a fraud masquerading as the Black community's savior.

"So now, you got your people high, you sold drugs to people that was pregnant now you created crack babies — these same babies that are going out killing grandparents … I'm confused. But that's what it is. That's what happened."

Why does Marbury harbor so much hate for Jay Z? He hints that Jay Z may have set him up to get robbed. Two gunmen stole his $150,000 diamond studded chain while his car was stopped at a traffic light.

Jay Z later dissed Marbury in a track on the Bad Boys II soundtrack in 2003, titled "La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again)."

The track - a remix to Jay Z's "Excuse Me Miss" - includes the lyrics:

"Pink diamond necklace, strawberry wrist/Please excuse yourself, you're very sick/Don't confuse me with Marbury out this bi***/Run up on me at the light, you could lose your life."

Marbury recalls where he was the first time he heard the track.

"I was in Atlanta,” he told Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson. "I was in Atlanta inside of a club and when I heard it, I knew exactly what it was about."
 

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One of the top producers behind Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run Tour and Jennifer Lopez's and Shakira's showstopping 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show has died.

TV and live event producer Dan Parise died from a cardiac arrest on Monday night, aged 61.

The industry veteran produced the Grammy and Emmy-nominated concert special, On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z, in 2014. He previously served as Live Nation's Director of Production, and also worked with superstars including Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton, and Pearl Jam.

Additionally, Parise worked with the team at Jay Z's Roc Nation on big events like the Global Citizen Festival and the rap mogul's annual Made In America Festival.

Paying tribute to Parise, a Roc Nation spokesperson tells TheWrap, "He committed his life to his family at home and his family on the road, making each one of us better with each show. From working with Dave Matthews to Michelle Obama to Keith Richards, his mark on the entertainment and broadcast world will be felt for generations to come."

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Black Twitter isn't feeling Jay Z's bars on Pharrell Williams' new track titled "Entrepreneur," set for release on Friday, Aug. 21.

The 50-year-old rapper teamed up with Pharrell, 47, for the new track, released in conjunction with the new TIME magazine issue "The New American Revolution" curated by Pharrell.

The issue celebrates the Black revolution in America. "I couldn't be more grateful to curate :The Next American Revolution" -- a special issue of @TIME Magazine that envisions a Black Future in an America where all people are actually created equal," Pharrell tweeted.

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Jay Z, left, is pictured in concert with his wife Beyonce, right, and Pharrell in South Africa in 2018.

In a snippet of the song on Apple Music, Jay Z urges supporting Black businesses and being Black business owners.

But he got off on the wrong foot by diminishing Black Twitter.

"Black Twitter, what's that? When Jack gets paid, do you? For every one Gucci, support two FUBU’s."
 

Black Twitter was quick to denounce Jay Z for being out of touch with the times.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Jay Z today: Why y'all on black twitter? And buying Gucci instead of supporting Fubu?

"Jay Z four months from now: I'm very pleased to announce I'm collaborating with Gucci on their black twitter line."

Others chime in, knocking Jay Z for being too preachy about buying Black when he supported white brands in his music for decades.

"jay z for 25 years: “gucci, louis v, richard mille, goyard, fendi, louboutin, cartier, mercedes, in the box seats with the mink on brushing shoulders with the owners”

jay z in 2020: "buy more fubu."

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Last year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signed rapper Jay Z to a joint partnership with the NFL to produce halftime shows and a social justice campaign.

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Jay-Z and the NFL were reportedly in talks for over a year. But amidst their celebration, Jay Z and Goodell didn't anticipate the firestorm of controversy that would ensue.

Many were upset that Jay-Z didn't bring blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick in on the discussions.

Goodell stayed silent and sidestepped the drama, preferring to let Jay Z defend himself.

Kaepernick was blackballed from the NFL for kneeling during the National Anthem.

Now Goodell acknowledges he was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Goodell also said the phrase "Black Lives Matter" and, he said it was a step forward for the league.

During ESPN's "The Return of Sports" special on Monday evening, Goodell was asked about the possibility of Kaepernick returning to the NFL.

"Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision," Goodell said.

He added that teams are free to sign Kapernick if they believe he will contribute to the team. "I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that," he said.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon questioned Goodell's timing.

"I think we should have been questioning why Roger Goodell didn't say black lives matter when he was born, or when he became commissioner or when he was reelected commissioner... It's not cool that Roger Goodell said it. He should've been saying it."

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The lawyers for slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery have saluted JAY-Z for helping them seek justice. In an Instagram post, they revealed he chartered a private jet for them so they could attend a probable cause hearing for the defendants in Brunswick, Georgia.

S. Lee Merritt took to Instagram on Thursday to confirm the 50-year-old rap mogul and entrepreneur covered the costs of transporting himself and a colleague to court in Georgia.

"When you absolutely have to be in Court to stand with your client and righteous protestors for justice... Jay Z sends his private jet," he wrote under an Instagram snap of himself outside the plane.

"Court hearing in Brunswick, Georgia this morning. No flights to take us there last night. @leemerrittesq and I spent hours trying to find flights or cars. At 1am we started losing hope till we got a call from Jay Z’s people at Roc Nation who chartered a flight for us to attend this hearing with the family of Ahmaud Arbery," civil rights attorney Blerim Elmazi added.

Merritt also tweeted a photo of himself wearing a black face covering with the words "George Floyd" sewn on it.

He captioned the photo: "An early motion made by the defendants to the court was that I remove my mask. The court declined to consider the motion."

Arbery, 25, was shot and killed on February 23 in Glynn County, Georgia after being pursued and confronted by three white locals in pick-up trucks.

Three men were arrested in connection with the murder after video of the shooting surfaced online.

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Rihanna is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her first U.S. hit song "Pon de Replay" and thanked her fans for supporting her long career.

Rihanna was a 15-year-old aspiring singer when she was discovered in her native Barbados by a record producer who signed her to is independent label.

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The producer shipped her demos to Def Jam Recordings, and in 2005, rap mogul Jay-Z invited the teenager to NYC to audition for the record label. The rest is history.

The Anti singer took to social media to celebrate her first breakthrough hit, "Pon de Replay," which dropped in 2005.

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"Man this is trippy. Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay [Z]," she wrote.

"'Pon de Replay' is where it all began. 15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!

"I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family. G4L!"

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Rihanna went on to score 14 number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, earning more Hot 100 No. 1 hits than any other artist in this century. She is also Spotify's most-steamed female artist.