JAY-Z Named Creative Consultant for Puma Basketball: Report

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Jay-Z attends the "The Great Gatsby" world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on May 1, 2013 in New York City.  

On top of Puma’s announcement on Monday (June 19) that the company was getting involved in basketball again, the global director of brand and marketing Adam Petrick also revealed that JAY-Z will be joining as a creative consultant.

"We've been working with Roc Nation for quite some time. They've been great partners to us for several years. We've done many different deals with many different ambassadors,” Petrick told Complex.

It was previously reported that the rapper was named president of basketball operations, but Petrick later clarified to Complex that his “official designation is creative consultant.” Another representative also confirmed that he will not play a role in selecting players for the Puma basketball division, which was also reported.

In his new role, JAY-Z will help in directing the art design, as well as the overall concept of the Puma basketball brand.

"We're making a serious statement about the entry of the category, that we want to be a performance brand, but then also very culturally focused. It's clear that we're looking at basketball through the lens of culture, and thinking about the fashion of basketball, the music of basketball, all the aspects of culture around basketball as much as the on court presence that we will have," Petrick said.