KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Jay Z isn’t the type to announce his moves to the world, but his visit to Jamaica late last week has sparked a bevy of chatter regarding his time there. Hov made his way to the island’s capital city of Kingston on Thursday (June 8) to connect with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley at the famed Tuff Gong studios, igniting rumors that the pair might be working on new tunes together.
The prospect of the dancehall star and son of Reggae legend Bob Marley working with the Brooklyn veteran MC isn’t a far-fetched notion, as Damian Marley recorded a similar joint project in 2010 with Nas in the form of Distant Relatives. In a report from DancehallHipHop,the business mogul born Shawn Carter hobnobbed with fans and local artists alike, including icons like Sister Nancy and Junior Reid among several others. The site also wrote that a source informed them that the two artists recorded tracks at Tuff Gong.
A photo of Jr. Gong, Sister Nancy and Jay Z was posted across social media, and other images of the rapper walking among the Kingston massive have made the rounds. There have been rumors that Jay Z, now 47, is currently working on a new project. But the 4:44 announcementlast week seems to be a movie while fans await a new album.
Jay Z’s Roc Nation brand signed Jr. Gong’s manager, Dan Dalton, to a deal late last year.