One of Jay Z’s business partners, Juan Perez, is being sued by the landlord of the West 27th Street recording studio where Jay Z, Beyoncé, 50 Cent, Jennifer Lopez and Kanye West have all made music.
Perez, co-founder and former manager of Jay Z’s 40/40 Club and now president of Roc Nation Sports, was the guarantor of the five-year lease that Roc the Mic LLC signed in 2012 for the fifth-floor space at 115 W. 27th St.
According to the complaint of landlord Joel Berman in Manhattan Supreme Court, Roc the Mic stopped paying rent and vacated the premises in 2015, leaving behind a pool table, dangling wires and gaping holes in the ceiling.
Perez and his pals evidently removed electrical equipment and the Yankee uniform of Alex Rodriguez, a frequent visitor, that had graced one wall.
“They basically trashed the place and left a lot of junk behind,” Berman’s lawyer Gil Santamarina told me. “Joel has been unable to re-rent the space, in part because of the condition in which it was left.”