Jay-Z announced the formation of Roc Nation Sports back in April and accompanying the big news was a rather large splash, announcing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano — who had been previously represented by Scott Boras — as his first client.
Since that time, Jay-Z has expectedly lured in other big names like Kevin Durant. Now, with his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” dropping, we’ve learned that he dissed Boras on a song, which is entertaining on its own, but we’ve also been gifted with quite possibly the greatest sentence ever written.
“Scott Boras, you over baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me,” Jay-Z raps on the song “Crown,” ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell has confirmed.
As I said last night after first reading that feast of a sentence, the sports world is in a very strange, awesome place. We have Darren Rovell “confirming” Jay-Z’s rap lyrics, piggybacked by rap enthusiast Buster Olney tweeting that this “Jay-Z/Boras thing just went next-level.” Hilarious. I just pray that Rovell, not fully trusting his ears and in search of the truth, phoned Roc-A-Fella records for an official lyrics confirmation before filing his report to ESPN.
So many questions to ask now. Will Jay-Z’s continued splash into athlete representation mean guys like Ken Rosenthal and Craig Sager will regularly reference “the rap game”? Will the merciless Jay-Z dig further into the baseball beat and begin dissing the beloved Tim Kurkjian and Peter Gammons?
Only time will tell, but the sports media is already firing back with mediocre squirt guns. A mere 20 minutes after Olney’s tweet about the Boras diss, Fox’s Ben Maller threw himself up as a sacrificial shield for baseball’s superagent, saying Boras is more successful as an agent than Jay-Z ever will be as a musician.
Scott Boras is much more successful as a baseball agent than Jay-Z ever will be as a musician. #TruthHurts
— Ben Maller (@benmaller) July 4, 2013
Maller was quickly dismissed, and clearly yearns to be the target of Jay-Z’s next diss. And perhaps it’s just me, but I’d take the Black album and the Blueprint over representing A-Rod and Pujols in a heartbeat.
As for Boras himself, he did offer up a quote on the matter, and it was pretty great, though without directly addressing Jay-Z:
“I’m a fan of jazz and my favorite musician is Bernie Williams. What other musician could play center field for the Yankees and win four world championships?”
He tied in music and sports, and heaped praise on a retired high profile client. There’s a reason Boras is the best.