Jay-Z applies for certification as baseball agent

Jay-Z looks on during the 2013 NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center on Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Jay-Z is applying to become an agent for Major League Baseball players.

The Major League Baseball Players Association said Friday that the 43-year-old rapper's application to be certified was received a day earlier.

Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports announced last week they were partnering in the agency business, and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was the first client. CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen replaced Scott Boras as Cano's listed agent.

Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, is in the process of selling his minority share of the Brooklyn Nets. Had he kept his share with the NBA club he might have faced potential problems in becoming certified by the MLBPA.

He referenced the Nets -- as well as his recent trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce -- in a new song, "Open Letter," released Thursday. Of the basketball team, he raps: "Would have brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free, except I made millions off of you [expletive] dweebs, I still own the building, I'm still keeping my seats, Y'all buy that [expletive], y'all better keep y'all receipts."

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