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Jay-Z to ink deal with Warner Music Group

New York (ANI): Rapper Jay-Z is likely to ink a deal with Warner Music Group after his recent split from Def Jam. If successful, it will make him one of the richest and most powerful men in the music world. According to well-placed sources, Jay Z has been taking top-secret meetings with his old pals and former managers Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles.

The conversations have included giving Jay his own record label at WMG, tentatively to be called the Carter Music Group. "Jay knows Lyor and Kevin from back when they all worked together at Def Jam, and he obviously wants to work something out with his friends," the New York Daily News quoted an insider as saying.

"He wants to get the dream team back together. There have been a few whiffs of a reunion in the past, but only now - and very privately - is something finally starting to happen," the insider added. Another source said, "This is big in hip hop. These are three of the most powerful men in music, who might be working together, and there's no question the success they'll have as a team will be huge."

“Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles are all brand names. They're the industry's heavy hitters, and the combination would bring them a lot of attention. They would be unstoppable. Jay himself is the most successful rapper-turned-businessman out there," added a music-biz insider.

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