Music Producer Blasts Jay-Z for Samsung Deal, Calls Him Greedy

Photo Credit: YouTube/Facebook/Urban Belle
Photo Credit: YouTube/Facebook/Urban Belle

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Jay-Z’s new deal with Samsung was confirmed last night and according to the details revealed in several reports, the rapper will give away one million copies of his upcoming album “Magna Carta Holy Grain” a few days before the official release date for select Samsung devices. The tech company also confirmed more insight on the making of the album will also be revealed through an app, which will be available for download later this month. While the deal itself puts more millions into Jay-Z’s pockets, it’s also being claimed that the deal will also guarantee Jay-Z another platinum record. And with super producers such as Timbaland and Swizz Beatz contributing to the new music, many are highly anticipating the new album. However, music producer A-Trak is not impressed and he made that clear on his Twitter account. According to him, the deal is nothing but a symbol of greed and he even claimed Jay-Z was “corny” to agree to it.

He tweets:

That Samsung sh*t is corny.


He later elaborated to fans of Jay-Z:

@LowKeyUHTN because jay doesn’t need to strike these kinds of deals. There’s no story there. No betterment of either brand. Just greed.

@LowKeyUHTN I just think he isn’t a visionary artist anymore so all he can do is make $$$ deals. It’s not fresh.

@Nigel_D I do a ton of brand collabos. I’m in ads for Grey Goose and Adidas and Uniqlo. If it’s fresh it’s fresh. Jay’s sh*t is not fresh.

@LowKeyUHTN if he was working with brands that people naturally connect with him rather than HP, Duracell and Samsung, it would make sense.

@LowKeyUHTN and the fact that he’s striking all these deals as his creativity is tapping out makes it feel artificial. No story.

@LowKeyUHTN hip hop is everywhere. Jay-Z is everywhere. It’s not as if he was putting on Jay Elec or J Cole. He’s just flexing muscle.

@LowKeyUHTN the reality is, Samsung is gaining more cool points from this than Jay is. And he should be wiser than that.


In rare form, Jay-Z tweeted a series of messages regarding the criticism surrounding his new deal with Samsung and the reports suggesting the album is already platinum given the specifics of the partnership. He also made it clear that he and Kanye are changing the rules of the Hip Hop game:

If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen? Ha. #newrules #magnacartaholygrail Platinum!!! VII IV XIII

Kanye West “lead single” projected on buildings worldwide #newrules #magnacartaholygrail

J Cole app for listening session. Don’t talk just listen..#newrules

Wale up next week #newrules

Ok that was my yearly allotment see ya’ll 2014..#newrules #magnacartaholygrail


  1. I knew people was gonna hate but damn that was quick not even 24 hours. But whats funny to me is when Jay-z keeps putting millions in his pocket it’s a problem but when these CEO’s and other powerful rich men do it nobody says nothing. Jay ain’t doing nothing new that the rich haven’t been doing so this producer can have a seat.

  2. Haters. The deal was smart. 1 he will automatically sell a million albums, IDK if they will be counted or not though. 2. He gets paid millions to release an album on top of album sales. And lastly, he’s interacting with his fans in a new way. Call it what you want, but to me it’s smart.

  3. That producer is just jealous. This also just shot down Miguel’s belief that black people are the most judgmental people in the world. LOL.

  4. Someone is just salty. Something tells me this little producer guy would have taken the same deal if it was offered.

  5. Dude please shut the hell up. Talking about what’s fresh and what’s not fresh when you look like Bud Bundy from Married with Children.

  6. This little queen can’t be serious…Jay shouldn’t even have tweeted a word. It’s not worth a response.

  7. This is the dumbest thing to get mad about. People do endorsements to make easy money. That’s what he’s doing. It’s not that deep.

  8. So stupid. Jay is a business man and I think it just makes people mad that they didn’t figure it out first.

  9. So he’s mad Jay is making money and he’s welll…doing whatever the hell he’s doing. I’ve never even heard if this guy.

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