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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name JayZ (sometimes styled JAY Z),[2][3][4] is an American

rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter's net worth at nearly $500 million.[1][5] He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving 17 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.[6][7][8] Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006.[9] Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001), are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[10][11] As an entrepreneur and investor, Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, has a minority stake in NBA's Brooklyn Nets and is also co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear.[12] He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. [13] As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with 12.[14][15] Jay-Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. On December 11, 2009, JayZ was ranked as the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent.[16] He was also ranked the 88th-greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone.[17] Jay-Z married American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles in 2008.[18] They have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, born January 7, 2012. Contents [hide] 1 Early life 1.1 Early career 2 Music career 2.1 1995–97: Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 2.2 1998–2000: Vol. 2..., criminal charges and mainstream success 2.3 2001–02: Feud with Nas, The Blueprint and The Blueprint2 2.4 2003–05: The Black Album, initial retirement and collaborative albums 2.5 2005–07: "I Declare War", Kingdom Come and American Gangster 2.6 2008–2011: The Blueprint 3 and Watch the Throne

and Busta Rhymes. New Jersey. a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City.. along with future rapper AZ. New Jersey.2 Rapping technique 4 Business ventures 5 Personal life 5. Holy Grail and other ventures 3 Musical style 3.2. and Trenton Central High School in Trenton.1 Relationship with Beyoncé 5.3 Politics 6 Discography 7 Awards and nominations 8 Filmography 9 Bibliography 10 References 11 External links Early life Jay-Z (top) with a friend (left) in Trenton. at the age of 12. He claims in his lyrics that in 1982.7 2012–present: Magna Carta.G.[19] He and his three siblings were raised by their mother. but did not graduate.. After that he attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Downtown Brooklyn.2 Philanthropy 5. until it was closed down. Gloria Carter. with fellow future rappers The Notorious B.1 Influences 3. he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry.[20][21] Carter attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn. circa 1988 Shawn Carter is originally from Marcy Houses.[22] In his .I. after their father abandoned the family.

[24] Jay-Z was also involved in and won several battles with rapper LL Cool J in the early '90s as part of efforts to get a record deal. which also featured early appearances by DMX. and on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build". and prefers to be known as Jay Z. Jay-Z sold his CDs out of his car[20] and.[2] [3] Early career Jay-Z can briefly be heard on several of Jaz-O's early recordings in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Eventually. "I Can't Get With That. and was generally favored by .[26] although Kane explains that he didn't fill the traditional hype man role. and followed the music of many artists popular at the he refers to having been involved in selling crack cocaine. Vol. The moniker is also an homage to his musical mentor. The album reached number 23 on the Billboard 200. created Roc-A-Fella Records as their own independent label in 1995.[21] He has also said he had been shot at three times during this time in his life. she bought him a boom box for his birthday. Jaz-O. 1 With no major label to give him a record deal.[20] According to his mother. Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt with beats from acclaimed producers such as DJ Premier and Super DJ Clark Kent and an appearance by The Notorious B.. He began freestyling."[29] Music career 1995–97: Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime. Carter was known as "Jazzy". and Ja Rule in 1995. sparking his interest in music. "Da Graveyard".[23] In his neighborhood. with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs.[27][28] The young Jay-Z made an appearance on a popular song by Big L. When I would leave the stage to go change outfits. Carter used to wake his siblings up at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table.I.[25] He first became known to a wide audience by being featured on the posse cut "Show and Prove" on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddy's Home. as well as to the J Z subway services that have a stop at Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn. writing lyrics. instead "basically ma[king] cameo appearances on stage. "Jay-Z". After striking a deal with Priority to distribute his material. His first official rap single was called "In My Lifetime". for which he released a music video. including "The Originators" and "Hawaiian Sophie".[19] On 18 July 2013. he announced he was dropping the hyphen. I would bring out Jay-Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I came back to the stage". Jay-Z has been referred to as Big Daddy Kane's hype man during this period.G. An unreleased music video was also produced for the B-side. a nickname that eventually developed into his showbiz/stage name.

"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)".. Jay-Z was accused of stabbing record executive Lance "Un" Rivera for what Jay-Z perceived was Rivera's bootlegging of Vol. Jay-Z addresses his assault case.[30] Vol. Jay-Z's associates at the party were accused of causing a commotion within the club.[30] The album went on to win a Grammy Award. a song from her seventh album. Around the same time.. New York City. he was reeling from the death of his close friend The Notorious B. Erick Sermon. it was certified 5× Platinum in the United States and has to date sold over five million copies. 3. Jay-Z released Vol. featuring UGK. and he continued with his penchant for mining beats from the popular producers of the day such as Swizz Beatz. it sold better than his previous effort. Vol. Life and Times of S. on December 9. Other producers included DJ Premier.. In that same year.G. 3's most successful single was "Big Pimpin'". the album proved to be successful and sold over 3 million records. 1 earned Platinum status in the United States. Jay-Z dueted with Mariah Carey on "Heartbreaker". Life and Times of S. 1. He relied more on flow and wordplay. Rainbow. However. Like its predecessor. he did express regret that the incident happened and attributed it to a loss of control. The stabbing allegedly occurred at the record release party for Q-Tip's debut solo album Amplified at the Kit Kat Klub.. [30] After reaching a new distribution deal with Def Jam in 1997. Jay-Z released Vol.. Carter. which Jay-Z allegedly used as cover when he supposedly stabbed Rivera in the stomach with a fiveinch (127 mm) blade. Nigga Who". Hard Knock Life which spawned the biggest hit of his career at the time.. In My Lifetime. and Timbaland. saying that there was no reason for him to get into a situation that put him and people who . Carter.. Jay-Z later explained that the album was made during one of the worst periods of his life. and some dedicated fans felt he had "sold out"..". a now defunct night club in Times Square. and "Nigga What. 2.[32] In 1999.[30] 1998–2000: Vol. 3. also featuring Amil. Vol.248 and eventually reach platinum status.. namely DJ Premier and Ski. featuring Ja Rule and Amil. the album did feature some beats from producers who had worked with him on Reasonable Doubt. Charting hits from this album included "Can I Get A. an upstart in-house producer for Ruff Ryders. criminal charges and mainstream success In 1998. 2 would eventually become Jay-Z's most commercially successful album. although Jay-Z boycotted the ceremony protesting DMX's failure to garner a Grammy nomination. Vol. Jay-Z released his follow-up In My Lifetime.I. The album was a personal revelation for Jay-Z as he spun the tale of his hard knock upbringing. [31] The album's glossy production stood as a contrast to his first release.critics. 2. Executively produced by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. The 45 King. and Kid Capri.[33] In his book Decoded.[19] This album would later be included in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" as No... While he didn't apologize for his actions.

Jay-Z added a verse to "Takeover" which dissed Nas and would start a feud between the two rappers. Snoop Dogg. This is also the first album where Jay-Z utilizes a more soulful sound than his previous albums. Kanye West and Bink. at Summer Jam 2001. Four of the thirteen tracks on the album were produced by Kanye West and represents one of West's first major breaks in the industry. The Blueprint and The Blueprint2 In 2001.[30] 2001–02: Feud with Nas. which have all gone on to achieve notable success. selling more than 427.)". The Blueprint was written in only two days.[37] Nas responded with a diss track called "Ether" and almost instantly. The Blueprint has been certified 2x Platinum in the United States. alone. who criticized him on "We Will Survive". Jay-Z later released his sixth studio album The Blueprint which was later considered by many to be one of hip hop's "classic" albums.[34] In 2000. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one. the album managed to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.S. which initially attacked Prodigy and revealed photos of Prodigy dressed like Michael Jackson.[36] A line at the end of "Takeover" referenced Nas.000 units.depended on him at risk. Girls". The Dynasty sold over two million units in the U. He later performed the song "Takeover". "Girls. . He also vowed to never get involved in a similar situation again. receiving the coveted 5 mic review from The Source magazine.[38] the album's success was overshadowed by the tragic event. The Blueprint includes the popular songs "Izzo (H.O. Jay-Z released The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. "Jigga That Nigga" and "Song Cry". producing and rapping on the song "Renegade".[30] The Blueprint was applauded for its production and the balance of "mainstream" and "hardcore" rap. Nevertheless. Jay-Z and his lawyers contended he was nowhere around Rivera during the incident and they had witnesses and videotape evidence from the club that showed Jay-Z's whereabouts during the disturbance. Jay-Z spoke out against Prodigy after he took an issue with a Jay-Z line from "Money. Hoes" that he felt were subliminal shots at Mobb Deep and referenced Mobb Deep's beef with Tupac Shakur. Jay-Z's next solo album was 2002's The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse.V. Just Blaze.[citation needed] Jay-Z initially denied the incident and pleaded not guilty when a grand jury returned the indictment. and Death Row Records.[39] Eminem was the only guest rapper on the album. Girls. which was originally intended to become a compilation album for Roc-A-Fella artists but somehow turned into a Jay-Z album. Released during the wake of September 11 attacks. receiving recognition from both audiences. Cash. a double-album. he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that resulted in a sentence of three years probation.[35] The album helped to introduce newcomer producers The Neptunes.A.

Kelly and released a collaborative studio album. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder". The Neptunes. Timbaland.. which would later be the focus of his film Fade to Black. featuring Faith Evans and the late The Notorious B. Freeway.[43] He worked with several producers including Just Blaze. Included in these were a greatest hits record. Foxy Brown. The Blueprint 2. "Guns & Roses". Memphis Bleek.[42] Jay-Z announced work on his 8th studio album The Black Album at the opening of the first the 40/40 Club. featuring Kanye West. The album's only . initial retirement and collaborative albums Jay-Z in 2003 After returning from a trip in the south of France. a track featuring rock musician Lenny Kravitz.G. 9th Wonder.[30] Jay-Z collaborated with R.S. which featured mashups of both artists' songs. and "Hovi Baby" were two successful radio singles as well.G.[citation needed] While Jay-Z had attested to a retirement from making new studio albums. Mary J. Jay-Z held a concert at Madison Square Garden. The Buchanans and Rick Rubin. the second collaborative album between Jay-Z and R. Eminem. Blige. In 2004. and "99 Problems". "Excuse Me Miss" and "'03 Bonnie & Clyde".[41] 2003–05: The Black Album. The Blueprint 2. [40] It was later reissued in a single-disc version. The album also contained the tracks "A Dream". DJ Quik. Kanye West. the mothers of The Notorious B. Ghostface Killah. "What They Gonna Do. "Change Clothes". which featured Jay-Z's future wife Beyoncé Knowles. Missy Elliott. various side projects and appearances soon followed. The Best of Both Worlds. Notable songs on the album included "What More Can I Say". Pharrell and R. and "The Bounce".1. alone[30] and surpassing The Blueprint.selling over 3 million units in the U. On November 25. such as "Stop". Kelly with special appearances by Voletta Wallace and Afeni Shakur. Twista. Kelly. Part II" and "Beware" produced by and featuring Panjabi MC. This concert was his "retirement party". Beanie Siegel. All proceeds went to charity. The Black Album has sold 3 million copies in the US. and Tupac Shakur respectively. 2003.1 featured tracks that do not appear on The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse. as well as the release and tour of Unfinished Business.I. as well as a concert DVD. which retained half of the tracks from the original. Beyoncé. in which they released their collaborative remix EP Collision Course. "La La La (Excuse Me Again)". The album spawned two massive hit singles. Jay-Z collaborated with rock group Linkin Park. Other performers included collaborators like The Roots (in the form of his backing band).I.

Kanye West. Young Jeezy. and . As he had previously "declared war" on other artists taking lyrical shots at him at other events. "Numb/Encore". was leaked on the Internet in early October 2006.. Many artists made appearances such as the old roster of Roc-A-Fella records artists. Jay-Z put many arguments to rest to the surprise of hip hop fans. Later in 2004.[46] 2005–07: "I Declare War".[49] Jay-Z returned with his comeback album on November 21. The most significant development in this show was closure to the infamous hip hop rivalry between Jay-Z and Nas. The two former rivals shook hands and shared the stage together to perform Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" blended with Nas's song "The World is Yours". with a special appearance by Paul McCartney. complete with an on-stage mock-up of the Oval Office. the hip hop side project of Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda. On October 27. scheduled to be released later on that month. which led to Jay-Z. received heavy air-play after its leak.1 annual concert. The concert was entitled the "I Declare War" concert leading to intense speculation in the weeks preceding the event on whom exactly Jay-Z would declare war. titled Kingdom Come. Teairra Marí.[30] Jay-Z was the executive producer of The Rising Tied. 2006. the debut album of Fort Minor.I. The LOX. 2005. Dash and Biggs selling their remaining interests in Roc-A-Fella Records and Jay-Z taking control of both of the companies.[45] The publicized split between Jay-Z. many believed that the Powerhouse show would represent an all-out assault by Jay-Z upon his rivals. Kingdom Come and American Gangster Jay-Z at a concert in 2006.[44] Reportedly this major industry move was prompted by disagreements between Jay-Z and Dash as to what direction Roc-A-Fella could undertake. Akon. Jay-Z was named president of Def Jam Records. "Show Me What You Got".[50] Jay-Z's comeback single. The EP sold over 1 million copies in the US. and was performed with Linkin Park live at the Grammys.single. and Diddy.[48] At the conclusion of the concert. Paul Wall. Dash and Biggs led to the former partners sending jabs at each other in interviews. causing the FBI to step in and investigate. who added verses from the song "Yesterday".[51] Jay-Z worked with video director Hype Williams. went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Powerhouse. as well as Ne-Yo. [47] The theme of the concert was Jay-Z's position as President and CEO of Def Jam. Jay-Z headlined New York's Power 105. T.

stating "I'm sorry. At the start of the album's first single. Noel."[61] Controversy ensued in the months leading up to the event with artists. in what Harvard Business School professor Rawi Abdelal has called a "turning point in American pop culture's response to globalization.[55] The album is not the film's official soundtrack. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?' I don't know about it.the single's video was directed by F. "We don't play guitars. becoming the first major hip hop artist to headline the British festival. Pharrell. Dre and Coldplay's Chris Martin (single entitled "Beach Chair").[30] On December 24. We have to respect each other's genre of music and move forward. Jay-Z opened his Glastonbury set with a tongue-in-cheek cover of Oasis's iconic song . who criticized the organizers of the festival for scheduling Jay-Z as a headliner for the traditionally guitar-driven festival. After viewing the Ridley Scott film of the same name. Gary Gray. before this rhymin' stuff we was in concert.[54] This album has sold 2 million copies in the US. but JayZ? No chance. The album features production from Just Blaze. Jay-Z stated that he would not remain at Def Jam as the company's President."[62] In response to Gallagher's criticism. But I'm not having hip hop at Glastonbury. Rap music is still evolving." The album has sold 1 million copies in the US. he was heavily inspired to create a new "concept" album that depicts his experiences as a street-hustler.000 sales of the CD.[52][53] The first week saw 680. 2007. This headline show is just a natural progression.[59][60] Tickets sold out before the opening of the festival. It's wrong. 2008. One of the more outspoken critics of his selection was Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame. 2008 that Jay-Z would headline the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. 2007. which Entertainment Weekly said was "the highest singleweek total in Jay's decade long career". I ran contraband that they sponsored. but hip hop has put in its work like any other form of music. Kanye West.[30] Jay-Z released his tenth album entitled American Gangster on November 6. and vacated the position effective of January 1. "Blue Magic". Jay-Z offers a dealer's manifesto while making references to political figures of the late 1980s with the lyric: "Blame Reagan for making me to into a monster. Jay-Z responded to this saying.[56] Jay-Z's American Gangster depicts his life in correlation to the movie American Gangster. [58] 2008–2011: The Blueprint 3 and Watch the Throne It was announced on February 2. Dr. blame Oliver North and Iran-Contra. promoters and fans weighing in both for and against."[57] Also notable about the "Blue Magic" music video was Jay-Z flashing 500 euro notes. although it was distributed by Def Jam.

talent/management agency. making him the current solo artist record holder. Jay-Z helped produced the play Fela!. during which he supported his new album in North America."Wonderwall".[78] Jay-Z said he was inspired by the power of Kuti's work and his life story.[78] . and had struck a multi-million dollar deal to sign with Live Nation. 2009 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. In a Shave Magazine review of his performance at Rexall Place in Edmonton.[74] It is his 11th album to reach No. 2009 due to increasing anticipation. Jay-Z came out to perform a new song and he and Kanye proclaimed that it was to be on The Blueprint 3.[63] His Glastonbury performance was heralded as a successful response to pre-festival criticism. Jay-Z kicked off his tour for The Blueprint 3.1 on the Billboard 200[75] and has surpassed Elvis Presley's previous record.[77] Among his success. with whom he would start his Roc Nation imprint which would serve as a record label. 2008 concert at Madison Square Garden.[14] On October 9. 2009. 2009.[70][71] Jay-Z's 11th studio album The Blueprint 3 was originally to be released on September 11. Rihanna joined him on stage and performed "Hard" for the very first time." The review gave this performance 4 stars. then performed "Run This Town" with Jay-Z.[68] On May 21. a musical celebrating the work of the late Nigerian star Fela Kuti.[78] Fela! is a story about an African pioneer and political activist who made his first moves on the scene during the 1970s. Jay-Z announced he would be parting ways with Def Jam.[65] Hove Festival in Norway[66] and O2 Wireless Festival in London. which resulted in his interest to help produce the musical. 2009. including Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Along with Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith.[73] Its international release followed on September 14. 2009[72] but was instead released in North America on September 8. and music publishing company[69] and also partnered up with production team Stargate to start a record label called StarRoc.[67] During Kanye West's August 6. His North American tour continued until November 22. Jay-Z has ventured into producing Broadway shows. Jake Tomlinson expressed that "It was the type of smooth performance you would expect from the hip-hop superstar.[64] Jay-Z during his Glastonbury performance He also headlined many other summer festivals in 2008.[76] At his concert on November 8.

[82] The album was first released on the iTunes Store. and in Auckland also joined the band for a performance of "Scarlet". prompting the scheduling of an additional show at each venue. Jay-Z launched a blog-like.. Eminem and Jay-Z announced they would perform together in a pair of concerts in Detroit and New York. along with several other tracks from the album. and he himself works with a small staff to produce every single piece of content. It debuted at No. and was later released to the iTunes Store eleven days later. It also broke Coldplay's record for most albums sold in one week on the online retailer. 1. was confirmed during a listening session hosted by Jay-Z.[81] He also appeared on stage during U2 performances of "Sunday Bloody Sunday". On January 23. Holy Grail and other ventures . New Zealand in November 2010. followed by Melbourne. with Rihanna. The song's existence. five days prior to it being released in physical format. it was revealed that Jay-Z and Kanye West would be collaborating on a five-track EP entitled Watch the Throne. beginning in Auckland. The first two concerts rapidly sold out. Jay-Z released a track. Jay-Z and West later gave a surprise performance of "Otis" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. lifestyle website by the name of Life + Times. The event was dubbed The Home & Home Tour. singing some lines of his song. 2010. 1 on the iTunes Store in 23 countries. Although. The track was co-produced by Lex Luger and West himself. It covers everything from music. In April 2011. The follow-up to that was the second single "Otis". selling 436. The album received generally positive reviews. until Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV was released twenty-one days later. In August 2010. "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)". The track ended up being on the deluxe edition of the album. The first single released for the project was "H•A•M".000 copies in its first week. as well as performing it at the Hope For Haiti Now telethon.. "History". to fashion. It held that record.000 copies on iTunes alone.[80] Jay-Z was the supporting act for U2 on the Australian and New Zealand leg of their U2 360° Tour. a strategy Jay-Z later said was used to block an internet leak. selling 290.Jay-Z performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2010. 2012–present: Magna Carta. to sports.[79] In June 2010. Recording sessions for the album took place at various recording locations and began in November 2010.000 copies more. selling only 10. and U2's Bono and The Edge. Sydney. The site is curated based on JayZ's interests. it was later revealed by West that the project had become a full-length LP. Brisbane and Perth in December. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. to technology. which premiered on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show.

Swizz Beatz. 2012. which achieved a fair level of success and went on to become remixed by several producers worldwide. Timbaland. He picked a couple of my joints that he’s working on. a single for the album "Cruel Summer". Rick Rubin. Q-Tip confirmed working on Jay-Z's follow up album to The Blueprint 3. Nas. Carter announced that his twelfth studio album would be titled.’”[88] The album has been named one of the most anticipated albums of 2013 by Complex Magazine. Production will come from Jahlil Beats. latin music and dance” musicians.[84] Jay-Z opened his set with an appearance from Rihanna.. but we definitely working on some stuff. In May 2012 it was reported that Jay-Z is working on new music with Roc Nation producer Jahlil Beats. I haven’t even sent him a bunch of beats. I’ma go in on this. ‘Yo. "Clique" was released.[89] [90] Jay-Z also made an appearance on Justin Timberlake's comeback single Suit & Tie from his third studio album The 20/20 Experience. 2013 Jay-Z collaborated with M.Jay-Z embraces wife Beyoncé after his performance of "Tom Ford" on The Mrs. 2010. 2012 Coldplay announced that they will be playing with Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 31.A. On September 6. Holy Grail and would be released on July 4. ‘I like this.[92] Musical style . on the single "XXXO".[87] The album has not yet been released. it has been confirmed 3 songs have been recorded and one of which features Frank Ocean. Jay-Z and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A.[83] Jay-Z and Rihanna are to be the two main headlining acts for BBC Radio 1's 2012 Hackney Weekend music festival on June 23 to 24. MTV and XXL Magazine. by GOOD Music. Carter Show World Tour. the song itself was produced by both Jay-Z and Timberlake's mutual friend. The performance will be produced by Live Nation and will assemble an eclectic lineup of “rock.I. Nutter announced that Jay-Z will be the curator and the headliner for the first annual "Budweiser Made in America" festival at Fairmont Park in Philadelphia on September 1 and 2.. He has been in the studio with various artists such as Drake. I don’t even wanna say too much about Jay. and Justin Timberlake working on the album. 2013. He hit me right back like. Kanye West. they performed "Run this Town". saying the album was to hit stores by spring 2011.[86] On September 23. In May 2012. In an interview with XXL.[85] On November 12. Kanye West and Big Sean star alongside Jay-Z in the track. hip hop. R&B. Jay-Z took the subway to his sold out show at The Barclays Center On October 6.[91] During the fifth game of the 2013 NBA Finals.’ or. I sent him my favorite stuff. Beats stated: "Me and Jay-Z been going back and forth. 2012. Magna Carta. Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.

Dr.[103] [104] He also co-owns the 40/40 Club. licensing and product development. [93] Rapping technique Royce da 5'9" and Fredro Starr of Onyx both describe Jay-Z's emphasis on flow in the book How to Rap – Starr says that Jay-Z is "a master of the flow— he can flow fast. for $204 million. [100] Shock G of Digital Underground describes Jay-Z's performance style. They're close to me. It's not like running GM."[93] He often uses excerpts from these artists as samples in his work.[96] Jay-Z's early style is described by Vibe as "a distinctly Das EFX-type."[102] He is the founder of the urban clothing brand Rocawear along with Damon Dash. an upscale sports bar that started in New York City and has since expanded to Atlantic City and Chicago. where there's no emotional attachment.Influences Jay-Z that states his earliest exposure to music was through his parents' record collection. Russell Simmons. and instead uses smoothness and clever wordplay to keep the audience interested and entertained. R&B..[97] referring to the fast rhythms and vocal delivery of the group Das EFX. He is also known to write lyrics in his head..[103] Rocawear has clothing lines and accessories for men. which was mostly of soul artists such as Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway. pop music. he can flow slow". particularly in the Kanye West-productions included on The Blueprint.I. that's what I really listen to. the 40/40 club in Las Vegas was closed down and bought back by the hotel after attendance steadily declined.[94] The book describes how Jay-Z uses 'rests' to provide structure to a verse[95] and how he uses 'partial linking' to add more rhymes to a verse. In March 2007. I'm into music that has soul in it. who also have business holdings such as record companies and clothing lines. women and children. whatever. saying he "rarely breaks a sweat. He retains his stake in the company and continues to oversee the marketing.[98] a style popular with many MCs such as The Notorious B. he stated that "my brands are an extension of me.. The line was taken over by Jay-Z in early 2006 following a falling out with Dash. Dre and Sean "Diddy" Combs. In an interview. Future plans will see 40/40 Clubs in Tokyo . In 2008. He says "I grew up around music.[98] Everlast. Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group. listening to all types of people. stiggety style" on his 12" single "Can't Get With That"."[101] Business ventures Jay-Z has also established himself as an entrepreneur like his fellow hip hop moguls and friends.G. as described by Pusha T of Clipse in How to Rap. whether it be rap. As long as I can feel their soul through the wax.[99] Bobby Creekwater[100] and Guerilla Black.

New York.[116] [117] Jay-Z is also credited as the executive producer of the basketball video game NBA 2K13.5 million for his share. The sport management group will work as partners with Creative Artists Agency. He provides direction on brand programs and ads that appear on TV.000 in April 2013. 2010. at which point the team took on the Brooklyn Nets moniker.[105] In 2005.[113] Through his company Gain Global Investments Network LLC. he had an interest estimated between 2 and 7% in the Aqueduct Entertainment Group (AEG) consortium. radio. print. and high-profile events. . skin. Juan and Desiree Perez. Jay-Z published a memoir entitled Decoded. and hands.[118] On April 2. Jay-Z became interested in the project after New York Governor David Paterson who awarded the contract said there had to be an affirmative action component to the ownership..[109] He encouraged the team's relocation to Brooklyn's Barclays Center (from New Jersey) in the 2012–2013 season.[107] He is also yet to expand his 40/40 Club sports bar in as many as 20 airports.and Singapore.500 slot machine racino at the Aqueduct Race Track. 2010. having paid a reported $4. In order to represent clients in basketball.[110] [111] In October 2005. Jay-Z and Flake withdrew from the project and Paterson recused himself from further involvement. ESPN reported that Jay-Z will be launching his own sports agency. 2013. Jay-Z initially approached Steve Wynn who was also bidding on the contract. an English soccer team. Roc Nation Sports. he was reported in English media as considering buying a stake of Arsenal F. first in baseball and eventually in basketball and football.[108] He is a part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team.C. as he makes deals with his business partners. including products for hair.[114] [115] On November 16. On March 9. New York Yankees's second basement Robinson Cano has left agent Scott Boras to sign with the company. which in January 2010 was awarded a contract to operate a 4. Jay-Z became an investor in Carol's Daughter. In conjunction with the agency's launch. which declined in value to $350. Sources have made mention that Jay-Z himself is planning to be a certified sports agent. he would have to give up his small share of the Brooklyn Nets. where he worked on the look and feel of the game along with its soundtrack.[106] Jay-Z serves as co-brand director for Budweiser Select and collaborates with the company on strategic marketing programs and creative ad development.[112] He has also invested in a real estate development venture called J Hotels which recently acquired a $66 million mid-block parcel in Chelsea. Jay-Z and his partners are contemplating constructing a high-end hotel or an art gallery building on the newly acquired site which has the potential to go up about twelve stories. a line of beauty products.

[128] They also made it to the top of the list the following year.[127] In January 2009.[125] but Knowles did not publicly debut her $5 million Lorraine Schwartz-designed wedding ring until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5.[18] It became a matter of public record on April 22. Beyoncé revealed that she was pregnant with their first child[129][130] and on January 7. a song dedicated to their child. "Déjà Vu" and "Upgrade U". 2008 in New York City. Forbes ranked them as Hollywood's top-earning couple. On her second album.[131] On January 9. she gave birth to their daughter. he made appearances on the 2006 hits.[123] The couple generally avoid discussing their relationship. with a combined total of $122 million between June 2008 and June 2009.[121] Personal life Jay-Z and Beyoncé performing "Crazy in Love" on November 15. In the video for the latter song. B'Day. Jay-Z also appeared on Knowles' hit single "Crazy in Love" and as well as "That's How You Like It" from her debut Dangerously in Love. 2013 Jay-Z officially announced through his Life + Times website in a press release that he will be relinquishing his ownership in the Brooklyn Nets.[126] Knowles and Jay-Z were listed as the most powerful couple for TIME magazine's 100 most influential people of 2006. named Blue Ivy Carter. she comically imitates his appearance. and married quietly in April 2008. Jay-Z released "Glory". on his social . 2012."[124] They kept a low profile while dating.[119][120] On April 18.[128] At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. with a combined total of $162 million. "We don't play with our relationship. Bombardier Challenger 850 jet – same model as gift from Beyoncé to JayZ[122] Relationship with Beyoncé See also: Beyoncé Knowles . In 2002. 2009. Jay-Z said in a People article. 2012.Family Jay-Z is married to American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles. Jay-Z and Knowles collaborated for the song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde". at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Knowles has stated that she believes that not publicly discussing their relationship has helped them. 2008.

where he supported increased voter participation and helped send voters to polling stations.[139] Politics In 2006. who is a brilliant talent and a good guy. including a miscarriage Knowles suffered before becoming pregnant with their daughter.[142] He also became acquainted with Obama himself. Jay-Z appeared with Russell Simmons in a PSA combatting racism and anti-Semitism that organized by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.[135] as well as MTV.[140] By 2008.S.[133] Philanthropy During his retirement. urging voters. and the government's response.[132] Because Blue's cries were included at the end of the song and she was officially credited on the song as "B. Jay-Z also became involved in philanthropic activity.C". The rapper pledged to use his upcoming world tour to raise awareness of and combat global water shortage. "become helpful".[138] He also addressed the issue of the Katrina disaster. first airing in November 2006. president Barack LifeandTimes. That's somebody who is going to start branching out and can help shape attitudes in a real positive[132] The song detailed the couple's pregnancy struggles. Already on the look-out for a way to. and especially younger ones.[134] The effort took place in partnership with the UN.[136] Along with Sean "Diddy" Combs.[146] Civil rights activist Harry Belafonte has been openly critical of Jay-Z and Beyoncé in their relatively safe political stances. at 2 days old she became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart when "Glory" debuted on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 74. in his own words. in an ad prepared by the HeadCount organization. he had been made aware of this issue during a visit to Africa by Bono from the rock group U2. along with other artists."[143] During the 2010 mid-term elections' campaign. saying that they "have . who stated "Every time I talk to Jay-Z. Jay-Z pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross' relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. Jay-Z appeared.[137] Jay-Z stated his support for Kanye West after the latter's outburst against President Bush during a live Katrina charity telethon. 2006. I enjoy how he thinks. On August 9. to register and vote. he met with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the organization's headquarters in New York City. Jay-Z announced his endorsement of President Obama's support of same-sex marriage for gay couples[145] and participated in his re-election campaign. performing for free in voter-drive concerts financed by the Democrats' campaign.[141] He was an early supporter for the candidacy of Illinois senator and subsequent U.[144] In May 2012.I. Jay-Z got actively involved in politics during the 2008 presidential campaign. in his one verse song "Minority Report". which produced a documentary entitled Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life.

000 to charity after making $63 million in 2012.. Life and Times of S. Kelly) (2002) Unfinished Business (with R. 3. Carter (1999) The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000) The Blueprint (2001) The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse (2002) The Black Album (2003) Kingdom Come (2006) American Gangster (2007) The Blueprint 3 (2009) Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013) Collaboration albums Jay-Z: Unplugged (with The Roots) (2001) The Best of Both Worlds (with R.. pointing to Jay-Z's only giving $6. 2. 1 (1997) Vol. Hard Knock Life (1998) Vol.[149] Discography Main article: Jay-Z discography Studio albums Reasonable Doubt (1996) In My Lifetime. Kelly) (2004) Collision Course (with Linkin Park) (2004) Watch the Throne (with Kanye West) (2011) . He also voiced that the hip-hop mogul likely would never have come out in support of gay marriage had President Obama not first taken the position. Vol.[147] A Syracuse University finance professor[148] is also of this view.turned their back on social responsibility" in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter...

336 pages) ISBN 978-1-4000-68920.Awards and nominations Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Jay-Z Filmography Streets Is Watching (1998) Backstage (2000) State Property (2002) Paper Soldiers (2002) Fade to Black (2004) Bibliography Decoded by Jay-Z (2010: Spiegel & Grau.[151] . An unauthorized biography detailing Jay-Z's life from his beginnings in Brooklyn as told by his friends and former colleagues. Part memoir and part a collection of Jay-Z lyrics with the stories behind them. 240 pages) ISBN 978-159184-381-8.[150] Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O'Malley Greenburg (2011: Portfolio (Penguin).