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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Coldplay Feat. BTS: Will This Be Among The Band’s Finest Collaborations?

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Earlier this year Coldplay’s Chris Martin expressed his love of several movies and songs that he found “helpful and wonderful” - among them being BTS’ smash hit Butter. We never had the singer down as a K-Pop fan, but we can’t blame him for loving the track.

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This bromance goes both ways too, with the K-Pop superstars performing Coldplay’s Fix You on MTV Unplugged back in February with their blessing; that’s a big deal if you’re aware of how precious Coldplay are when it comes to letting other artists cover their music.

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Beyonce Announces TV Special Making The Gift

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Beyonce has announced a TV special giving fans an inside look at the making of her 'The Lion King: The Gift' album.

The 38-year-old superstar - who voiced Nala in this year's 'The Lion King' remake - released the LP inspired by the Disney movie, which features collaborations with the likes of husband Jay-Z, their seven-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell and more, in July, and now the documentary 'Making The Gift' will air on ABC at 10pm on tonight (16.09.19) and reveal ''Beyoncé's creative process''.

Alongside a teaser for the show, Beyonce wrote on Instagram: ''ABC Network. 10pm.''

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Kanye West Is Suing Jay Z's Former Record Label

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The friendship between rappers Jay Z and Kanye West has reportedly been in turmoil for a number of years but Ye may have just made it worse after he announced he would be suing Hova’s former label and the recording company that gave him his first deal.

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West, 41, filed two separate lawsuits on Friday, one against Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records and another against EMI, claiming he signed an exclusive recording agreement.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Help Drive Record Numbers Of Visitors To The Louvre

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The cultural clout of Beyonce and Jay Z extends well beyond the world of music, with French art gallery The Louvre crediting the couple with its best-ever year for visitor levels in 2018.

Last year, the world’s most visited museum in Paris broke all ticket office records, with more than 10 million people viewing its collection of fine arts and antiquities. The 10.2 million people who came to the museum in 2018 marked a 25% rise, beating its previous record of 9.7 million visitors in 2012. It’s the highest number for a museum of its kind, more than the National Museum of China and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The record numbers are being credited in part to international tourists returning to Paris, after large numbers stayed away in the years after the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. Foreigners made up almost three-quarters of visitors to the Louvre.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Have 'Challenged' Their Fans To Try Veganism

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If anyone is still searching for a New Year's Resolution superstar couple, Beyoncé and Jay Z have got for you to try: Veganism. The powerful double act have written an introduction for Marco Borges' (Beyoncé's trainer) new book, The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World and, in it, they're challenging their fans to cut out any and all meals centred around animals.

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This isn't the first time Beyoncé has spoken out about a vegan diet after the mum-of-three told her millions of Instagram followers she was going strictly vegan in preparation for her Coachella performance.

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Music News Round-Up: Ariana Grande Adds Extra UK Tour Dates; Ed Sheeran Breaks More Records; Kylie To Play Glastonbury

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Ariana Grande has given fans a little Sweetener, announcing extra dates for the UK and Ireland leg of her arena tour next summer.

Originally, the ‘thank u, next’ chart-topping star announced a brace of London shows in August 2019, before returning to the UK the following month for gigs in Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield and Dublin.

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Jay-Z Ranked Richest Musician In America

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Rap megastar Jay-Z has been named the richest musician in America, according to an updated list published by Forbes ranking celebrity wealth.

Appearing in fifth place overall behind George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan, the 49 year old hip-hop artist is valued at a net worth of $900 million, with the biggest dollar gains in the last 12 months of anybody else on the list.

Just like the list of the richest rappers in the world published back in March this year, Jay-Z has overhauled fellow star P Diddy, thanks to his stakes in various companies, including entertainment giant Roc Nation, his streaming service Tidal, and alcohol brands including Armand de Brignac and D’Ussé.

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Beyonce Dedicates On The Run II Concert To Ailing Aretha Franklin

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When word spread the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill", the music world came out in its droves to wish her well. Now superstar couple Jay Z and Beyoncé have dedicated their latest concert to 76-year-old Aretha.

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Franklin has been cited by many as one of the women who paved the way for Beyoncé's style including her gospel-inspired singing and powerful lyrics about women around the world.

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Beyonce And Jay-Z Tour Tickets Struggle To Move For Free In The UK

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It sounds like Beyonce and Jay-Z are struggling with their UK popularity as ticket sales just aren't moving. Their first couple of shows in the country were littered with empty seats, and now organisers are attempting to give tickets away just so they can fill the stadium.

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Ticket sales are doing so badly for the couple's On The Run II tour that people are actually being handed tickets for free in car parks following the sparse attendance of their shows at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last Wednesday (June 6th) and Glasgow's Hampden Park on Saturday (June 9th). 

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Jay-Z Issued Subpoena By SEC Over Rocawear Clothing Brand Sale

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Jay-Z is set to appear in court, having been issued a subpoena by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of an investigation into the sale of his Rocawear clothing brand.

The rap megastar, 48, has been ordered to explain details regarding the 2007 deal with brand management firm Iconix Brand Group Inc, worth $200 million, according to Reuters. The SEC is investigating the context of the sale to determine whether it violated securities laws, and has also been investigating Iconix since 2015 regarding its accounting practices over subsequent "joint ventures", on which the rapper worked with them.

Jay-Z – real name Shawn Carter – has ignored two previous subpoenas to appear before the court regarding Iconix’s practices, the US market regulators told a New York judge on Thursday (May 3rd).

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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


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Jay Z
Jay Z

Jay Z

Date of birth

4th December, 1969









Jay Z Movies

Made In America Trailer

Made In America Trailer

Made in America Festival is an annual music event founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z...

Honey Movie Review

Honey Movie Review

Somehow the people at Universal Pictures got it into their heads that easy-on-the-eyes, thin-on-talent Jessica...

Fade To Black Movie Review

Fade To Black Movie Review

In 2003, Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z (a.k.a. Shawn Carter) called it quits after an eight-year career....