Van Jones is kicking off his brand new CNN show with a big time guest. Jay Z is going to be the first guest on the political activist and former Obama administration policy adviser's new program The Van Jones Show, which premieres on the news network on Jan. 27.
Hov will join Jones to discuss social activism, as well as the various relevant themes interspersed throughout his latest album 4:44. The Van Jones Show will be yet another platform that Jay Z has shown his interest in social issues in recent months. Not only did he address them at length through his lyrics on 4:44, but recently penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times discussing the injustice surrounding Meek Mill's recent prison sentencing.
CNN says the show will air twice a month and feature "cultural guests and include raw conversations with Americans from across the country."
"It's very rare that someone becomes a household name on multiple continents and is still as cutting edge and as relevant as he is," Jones tells CNN about Jay. "He's really ground zero for so many conversations in the country right now: politics, culture, economics, technology. He's not only a hip-hop legend but he also runs a major technology company, Tidal. He's weighed in on social justice and criminal justice issues... he's a real pioneer."
Jay Z and Jones have a prior relationship. Jones is a client of Roc Nation and also appeared as a part of the "Footnotes for 'The Story of O.J.'" video, where he discussed the institutional racism he experienced as a student at Yale Law School.
The Van Jones Show premieres on CNN Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. EST.