Jay-Z Signs Tinchy Stryder

If you were still in any doubt as to whether Jay-Z is about developing new and unheard talent as a fellow artist with his ear to the ground, or chasing obvious investment opportunities as a cunning businessman (taken from the Daily Star... I know, I know):

"HE may be wee, but Tinchy Stryder is fast becoming a very big player.

The east Londoner, 23, has signed a joint music venture with none other than Jay-Z, 40, and his Roc Nation label. It is christened Takeover Roc Nation.

The unlikely pair shook hands on a deal that means the new company will look after Tinchy’s management, music, merchandise and live representation. Other artists may also be signed to Takeover Roc Nation.

Having already founded a clothing line and a publishing company, Tinchy is certainly rivalling Jigga in business.

Tinch told me: “I’m still focused on the UK and not losing touch with my roots, but I want to take on the world as well.”

I hope Tinchy provided Jigga with a few of his red-hot T-Shirts as part of the deal, and one for the missus Beyoncé, 28, too. Good luck boys."

This is likely to ruffle a few feathers. To be fair, the guy has been making music for more than half a decade, even if he serves up steaming piles of turd since teaming up with this horrible, horrible music producer.