Jay Z

Jay Z


Jay Z (born Shawn Corey Carter; 4.12.1969) Jay Z is an American rapper, as well being former CEO of the legendary hip-hop record labels, Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records.

Net Worth: Jay Z has a net worth of $550 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth (2014)

Childhood: Jay Z was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York. He attended George Westinghouse Information Technology High School, a school that he shared with Busta Rhymes and The Notorious B.I.G. Jay Z was never a successful academic, and he was involved in drug dealing whilst at school. Jay Z first got into music when his mother bought him a boom box for his birthday when he was young. He started out by freestyling and writing rhymes, taking part in a number of battles. It has been reported that he has battled Busta Rhymes, DMX and Bizzy Bone, of Bone Thugs 'N' Harmony. Reputedly, it was his victorious battle against Zai that caught the attention of a number of record labels.

Musical Career: At the start of his career, Jay Z formed Roc-A-Fella Records with Kareem Biggs and Damon Dash. His own debut album was released on the label. Reasonable Doubt featured production from Clark Kent and DJ Premier, as well as an offering from The Notorious B.I.G. In 1997, Roc-A-Fella forged a distribution deal with Def Jam and Jay Z released his second solo album, In My Lifetime, Vol.1 that same year. The album had Sean Combs (better known as Puff Daddy, or P.Diddy) on production duties. The next year, Jay Z released Vol.2. Hard Knock Life. The lead single from the album, 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)' was a huge hit for the rapper. With producers such as Timbaland and Swizz Beatz on board, the album went on to sell over 8 million copies across the globe. 1999 saw Jay Z release Vol.3 Life and Times of S. Carter. The album has been certified three times platinum and launched the hit single 'Big Pimpin'. In 2000, Roc-A-Fella released a compilation designed to celebrate the talent that they had been nurturing as a label. Jay Z appeared on The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which sold over 2 million copies in the USA. Jay Z's next solo album, The Blueprint, was released in 2001 and is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, by many. Kanye West produced a number of tracks from the album, which launched Kanye's musical career. Following on the titular theme, Jay Z released The Blueprint2: The Gift and The Curse. The double album launched two hit singles, 'Bonnie & Clyde' (which featured Beyoncé Knowles of Destiny's Child) and 'Excuse Me Miss'. The album also featured 'A Dream', a track recorded with Faith Evans. In 2003, Jay Z released The Black Album, after touring with the likes of Sean Paul and 50 Cent. He worked with a number of producers on the album, including Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Eminem. The album featured the massive global hit, ''99 Problems.' The vocals from the album later featured in Danger Mouse's influential underground remix project, The Grey Album, in which he mixed Jay Z's vocal with the instrumentals from the Beatles' The White Album. In 2004, Jay Z collaborated with Linkin Park, on a project called Collision Course. They performed 'Numb / Encore' at the Grammy Awards, where they won the Best Rap / Sung Collaboration song. Despite announcing his retirement in November 2003, at a huge Madison Square Gardens charity concert (which also featured Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams and Ghostface Killah), Jay Z released Kingdom Come in 2006. His comeback single, 'Show Me What You Got' was accompanied by a video by acclaimed director, Hype Williams. In 2007, Jay Z's tenth album, American Gangster was released. The album was inspired by the film of the same name, though it is not the official soundtrack to the film. In 2008, amid much controversy, Jay Z was chosen to headline Glastonbury Festival. In response to public criticism from Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Jay Z walked onstage at the event, playing the Oasis song, 'Wonderwall'. In 2009, Jay Z released his eleventh album 'The Blueprint 3', which overall was met with positive reviews and did well commercially; the album debuted at number one in the Billboard 200 selling 476,000 copies in its first week. As it was Jay Z's eleventh album to debut at number one, he broke a record that he'd previously shared with Elvis Presley. In 2011 Jay Z and Kanye West brought out collaborative album 'Watch The Throne' which received mostly positive reviews upon release. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, selling 436,000 in its first week in the United States. It's Jay-Z's 12th number one album and West's fifth. The album did incredibly well in many end of year album lists. Jay Z followed 'Watch The Throne' in 2013 with 'Magna Carta Holy Grail', which debuted at number one in the Billboard 200, selling 528,000 copies in its first week, exceeding expectations of it selling 350,000 to 400,000 copies. Despite the commercial success, 'Magna Carta...' was met with mixed reviews from critics. Justin Timberlake featured on the song 'Holy Grail'.

Personal Life: Jay Z married his long-term girlfriend, Beyoncé Knowles in April 2008. Despite both their high celebrity statuses, they chose for their marriage to take place in a secret wedding ceremony without publicity. Since 2008, Jay Z's influence and power in the industry have grown year on year. There have been many rumours circulated surrounding his links to the Illuminati. On January 7, 2012 Jay Z and his wife Beyonce welcomed their first child, a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Reportedly Saved Their Marriage For Blue Ivy

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Once considered the rock solid couple of showbiz, Bey and Jey’s marriage was shook when wife Beyonce alluded to hubby Jay-Z’s infidelity in her most recent chart-topping visual album, Lemonade. Award-winning rapper Jay-Z then responded with 4:44 - widely regarded as his apology album to his wife of nine years and confirming the rumours surrounding the two.

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Following that, Jay-Z confirmed the cheating scandal in a candid interview with the New York Times and admitted that an emotional shutdown caused him to stray.

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Jay Z Admits That He Was Unfaithful To Beyonce

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Jay Z has confirmed a long-standing rumour that he has been unfaithful to his wife Beyonce in the past.

Speaking to the New York Times Style Magazine in an interview published on Wednesday (November 29th), the hugely successful rapper made a revelation that his and Beyonce’s fans had been speculating upon for years.

“The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself,” he said.

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Jay-Z Confirms He And Beyonce Have Worked On A Joint Album

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Jay-Z has confirmed that he and wife Beyonce have actually worked on a collaborative album.

The rapper sat down with the New York Times' Dean Baquet for an in-depth interview, where he revealed the couple had worked on music together around the time Beyonce was recording her groundbreaking album Lemonade.

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Harry Styles' Fans Are Furious The Singer Wasn't Nominated For A Grammy

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The Grammy nominations have been revealed: but Harry Styles hasn’t made the list. Predictably, fans of the former One Direction member are furious and have come out to say so. Styles was snubbed for the 2018 nominations just months after releasing his self-titled debut album.

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Others who were nominated in multiple categories were songs including Despactio - with Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - who received nods in both the Record and Song of the Year categories.

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Jay Z And Kendrick Lamar Lead 2017 Grammy Awards Nominations

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Jay Z is leading the way at this year's Grammy Awards, nominated in an amazing eight categories with Kendrick Lamar just behind him and nominated in seven. Bruno Mars has also done well, taking in four nominations, whilst Childish Gambino also has four chances to take home some of the biggest prizes in the music industry.

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As usual, the Record of the Year category is one of the night's most stacked, with Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee all battling it out. Gambino, Lamar, Jay Z and Mars all also make an appearance in the Album of the Year category, but face some heavy competition from the category's only female nominee, Lorde.

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LeBron James Humbled By Namechecks

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Lebron James finds it ''humbling'' to be referenced in so many songs.

The basketball legend insists artists never ask his permission to use his name in their tracks, but he is always flattered whenever he suddenly hears a shout-out on the radio.

Appearing on 'Carpool Karaoke', host James Corden asked: ''You get referenced in a lot of hip-hop songs, rap songs -- do they have to call you up, or do you just hear it on the radio?''

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Katherine Jenkins Raps Jay Z At Karaoke

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Katherine Jenkins loves to rap 'Empire State of Mind' when she does karaoke.

The Welsh soprano - who was a choir girl when she was younger - has admitted she likes to shock friends with her song choice when she enjoys a singalong session.

Speaking to NME magazine about her favourite karaoke track, she said: ''It's not an obvious choice for me, but I really like to do the Jay-Z part because nobody ever guesses it, so it's my trick to shock people!''

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Jay-Z And Beyonce To Hold Hurricane Benefit Concert Next Month

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Jay-Z and Beyonce are certainly set to do their bit for Hurricane Harvey relief with their forthcoming benefit concert that will see the latter return to the stage for the first time since giving birth to twins, and since the Grammys in February. It is set to take place next month.

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The musical power couple will be showing solidarity for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma with a special concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York that will feature artists from Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.

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Beyonce Gets A Chorus Of 'Happy Birthday' At Jay-Z's Made In America Festival

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What's more romantic than getting a crowd of thousands to sing 'Happy Birthday' to your wife on her special day? For Jay-Z, it was all in a day's work when he encouraged the crowd to serenade Beyonce during his set at the 2017 Made In America Festival at the weekend.

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Queen Bey celebrated her 36th birthday yesterday (September 4th 2017) and rang in the date in the early hours of the morning after supporting her husband from the crowd at his annual Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia the previous night.

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Jay Z Urged Amy Winehouse To Stay With Him And Beyonce

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It seems the late, great soul singer Amy Winehouse had offers of help from all corners of the world before her tragic death in 2011 and was even offered a place to stay by rap mogul and producer, Jay Z and his superstar singer wife, Beyonce.

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As the star promoted his new album 4:44, he spoke about the Back to Black hitmaker - who died aged 27 - and became immediately concerned about her state of mind.

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Jay Z departs from Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 19th August 2017

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Vanessa Bryant - Celebrities attend the Beyonce and Jay Z concert at the Rose Bowl - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 4th August 2014

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Jay-Z - 'Legends of the Summer' Tour at the Rose Bowl - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th July 2013


Eddie Huang - Jay-Z 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' album release exclusively for Samsung Galaxy at Liberty Warehouse - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 3rd July 2013

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Date of birth

4th December, 1969









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Made In America Trailer

Made In America Trailer

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Fade To Black Movie Review

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