Jay-Z has accomplished a lot in his career, but his latest feat has him feeling that like he’s living the American dream.
The 42-year-old music mogul and entrepreneur says when he was a poor kid in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, he never imagined that he’d someday own a piece of a basketball team. Now Jay is an investor in the Brooklyn Nets and instrumental in moving the franchise from New Jersey.
He feels his rags-to-riches story embodies all that is possible in America.
”Yeah I think I’m the American dream,” Jay-Z said. ”That whole thing that you could come here and pull yourself up by the bootstraps, like that whole thing what America has always put up to the world that we represent. I feel that. Yes, I’ve lived that.”
Jay-Z made the comments at the launch party for the upcoming NBA 2K13 video game, where he acted as the game’s executive producer.
As a child, he says, he dreamed of glory on the basketball court.
”You know the three-two-one, oh, he hits the winning shot,” Jay-Z said. ”But no one was ever on the court saying I was gonna own the Knicks. Yes, it’s way beyond any of my wildest dreams.”
Now as an investor in the Nets, he’s even designed the team’s black and white logo. Brooklyn has not had a major professional sports team since the Brooklyn Dodgers left for Los Angeles after the 1957 baseball season.
The Brooklyn Nets will play in the newly built Barclays Center. But before his new team takes the court for the first time, the rapper will christen the new arena with an eight-show run beginning Friday.