Roc A Fella CEO Jay Z made waves recently for the birthday bash he bankrolled for longtime friend Juan “OG” Perez. The night’s celebration reportedly set Hova back $113,000 and the small circle of family and friends that were present to celebrate Perez’ 50th birthday were said to have experienced a great time.
The night began at the Japanese restaurant Zuma where OG, his wife Desiree, Jay Z, and a handful of others enjoyed a $13,000 dinner that consisted of sushi, lobster, and steak. The next stop for the party was Made In America, a spot in Inwood that serves as both a restaurant and nightclub where $9,000 worth of drinks were consumed.
The highlight of the night was a trip to Playroom Nightclub where the party balled out of control with 40 bottles of champagne and a total bill of $91,000.
The friendship between Perez and Jay Z began back in 1996 when the two were introduced to each other by Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke, who is the co-founder of Roc A Fella records. Perez and Jay hit it off immediately and found that they had similar interests in entertainment, the NYC lifestyle, and sports.
Perez helped out with managing studios for Jay during the early years of their friendship before the two of them embarked on a business journey together in 2003 with the opening of a string of sports bars and lounges in the New York area. The sports bars became instant NYC favorites that were known for live music and celebrity guests.
Perez feels that the sports bars the two started eventually led to the deeper involvement that Jay has now with sports management. He explains that professional athletes would frequently enter the club and would sometimes solicit advice from Jay as well as himself. This, Perez says, led Jay to become convinced that there was room for his brand in the sports world.
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