American hip-hop star and multiple Grammy’s award winner Jay Z has signed 26-year-old Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng to his ‘Roc Nation Sports’ record label.
By virtue of the music contract, the Germany international becomes the first footballer and European athlete to join the record label.
Boateng now joins a growing list of other sports stars to sign for Jay Z’s label, including boxers Andre Ward and Miguel Cotto, baseball player Erick Aybar and NBA player James Young and women’s basketball star Skylar Diggins.
He has played for Bayern Munich since 2011 after joining from Manchester City, winning three Bundesliga titles, two German cups and the Champions League during his time with the club.
The 26-year-old celebrated signing the deal at Jay Z’s sports bar the ’40/40 club’ in Brooklyn before continuing the party at the rap star’s private villa.
“I took my sister and my best friend,” Boateng told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag after signing the contract at Jay Z’s sports bar the 40/40 club.
“It was a great day with Jay Z. We could ask him anything.
“We mostly talked about music and football. Jay Z knows about football and has watched numerous games.
“America is a big market. With Jay-Z and Roc Nation I have a lot, we want to try what is possible.”