With seven platinum-plus albums, his stakes in
Roc-a-Fella Records and Rocawear clothing, producing films and a distribution
deal with Armadale vodka, Jay-Z’s future looks brighter than ever. Sales for
his combined interests in 2002 are projected at more than $300 million. And
yet, amongst all this success, there is talk of retirement.
"My next album will be ‘The Black Album’
and then that’s it. I want to make it a prequel to Reasonable Doubt,
leading up to me having an idea for a song and that’s how the album’s going
to end," Jay told the Los Angeles Times. He continued to explain that he
wanted to "loop the whole thing back together, make it a nice package,
and that’s it – it truly, truly is." Jay wants to move on to different
At this point in his life, Jay-Z is ready to
offer his expertise to the rap game as an executive. His hopes include to become
more involved with Roc-a-Fella’s business element so that he can work with new
artists, watch them grow, help them along the way and ultimately succeed.
Currently, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 2 hit #1 on
the charts and sold 545,000 copies in its first week. He also appears on the
8 Mile soundtrack and on Missy’s and Snoop’s new albums.