The November issue of Vanity Fair features a big story on Jay Z—Get ready to find out how he wooed Beyoncé!—and the mag released an interview from the story today, a portion of which deals with Jay's recent venture into the world of sports agency:
Jay’s checkered past taught him a few things that he says will come in handy in his new role as a sports agent: “I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer,” he tells Robinson. “To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.”
Knowing about budgets is one thing, but Jay Z better make sure he also knows a thing or two about deadlines. Agents are fucking up all the time when it comes to deadlines.