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This weeks motivational monday comes from France by way of Brooklyn or the other way around, were not totally sure. One thing we are sure of is Brooklyn's own Jay Z purchasing Sovereign Brands stake of Armand de Brignac better known as Ace of Spades for an undisclosed amount. Armand de Brignac, a high priced low taste champagne (depending on what you read) created by Sovereign Brands in partnership with Cattier. It was introduced to the US market in 2006, making it's pop culture debut in none other than Jay Z's hit record at that time "Show Me What You Got". Ace of Spades has since been popping up in rap videos and major league sports championship celebrations alike. For those who are not familiar, Ace of Spades wasn't Jay's first luxury drink of choice, the late 90's early 2000's was know for a different gold bottle. Cristal was the drink of the time and most likely would still be if Frederic Rouzaurd the managing director of champagne at Louis Roederer, the company that makes Cristal Didn't put his discriminative foot in his mouth by saying the following when asked if Hip-Hop artist were tarnishing the brands high priced bubbly:"Thats a good question, What can we do?. "We cant forbid people from buying it. I'm sure Dom Pérignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business." It might be safe to say if those comments were never made Armand de Brignac or Ace of Spades definitely would not exist as we know it today. It even inspired a line: "I used to drink Cristal, them motherfuckers racist So I switched gold bottles on to that Spade shit" which can be heard on 2009's "on To The Next One". Who knew good things can come out of discrimination. How exactly is this motivation? Did we mention that Jay Z came from damn near nothing and now owns a french champagne company (regardless of it's mediocre taste), a record label/management company/sports agency, a sports bar/nightclub, and a bunch of other shit i'm sure we're forgetting. Use Jay not as a larger than life figure, but as proof that you too can come from nothing and reach heights that are unfathomable to others. It only takes hard yet strategic work. Though owning a champagne company may most likely not be in your future, but what could be is whatever you set out to achieve. So get off your ass and make something of yourself.

You're welcome.


Check out the video for Jay Z's  "Show Me What You Got" below.




Aaron Miles
Aaron Miles