September 10, 2009
Rapper and "business, man" Jay-Z was a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Wednesday night to promote his new album, "The Blueprint 3," and upcoming 9/11-benefit concert in New York. After comparing nicknames and marital experiences, "Hov" and "Dave-Z" talked a little about the Nets' move to Brooklyn, the likelihood of wooing LeBron James(notes) to his team and Shaq playing in Cleveland.
Regarding the Nets' super slow move to Brooklyn, co-owner Bruce Ratner finally unveiled updated arena plans yesterday. His group will seek final state approval next week, then attempt to raise about $700 million in financing. But the race is on. Ratner's group must break ground in Brooklyn before the end of the year to preserve the tax-exempt status of his financing. Jay-Z wasn't kidding about digging dirt in December.