With a musical mentorship record that includes Kanye West, Rihanna, J. Cole, Jay Z has help turn several artists into platinum selling stars. It appears the Roc Nation boss is setting his eyes on a boy band member from the U.K. as his next protegé.
In an article with the Daily Star Sunday, Jay is quoted speaking about Styles. The 21-year-old vocalist is already a well known performer around the world (he has 26 million Twitter followers), but the Brooklyn born mogul thinks stepping away from 1D will be an important task.
“Harry doesn’t need any help with exposure; everybody in the world knows who he is,” said Jay. “But he does need to make the transition from being part of a group to becoming an individual artist.”
One Direction announced the group is taking a hiatus. However, Styles has not confirmed whether he will release an album as a solo act. If the England native does decide to release a project, Jay believes he can do a lot to enhance Styles’ career.
“I can get him working with the bigger artists, the biggest producers – and have him as the biggest artist in the world within a year,” added Jay.
Those words are similar to what fellow New York rapper 50 Cent said about Styles’ former One Direction partner Zayn Malik. Last year, 50 expressed interest in working with Zayn and connecting him with top Hip Hop artists.
“If Zayn wants a rap career, just because of who he is, he is going to sell records,” said 50. “But if he wants to be credible he has to be with the right people. I’d happily sign him up to my label, mentor him and have him working with the biggest rappers on the planet.”