JAY-Z Biography (Wikipedia)
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and businessman. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history, and often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z first began his musical career after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, and subsequently released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. The album was released to widespread critical success, and solidified his standing in the music industry. He has gone on to release twelve additional albums, including the acclaimed albums, The Blueprint (2001), The Black Album (2003), American Gangster (2007), and 4:44 (2017). Jay-Z has also released the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne (2011) with Kanye West and Everything Is Love (2018) with his wife Beyoncé, respectively.
Outside of his musical career, Jay-Z has also attained significant success and media attention for his career as a businessman. In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, and in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million-dollar corporations, and allowed Jay-Z to fund the start-up for the entertainment company Roc Nation, which was founded in 2008. In 2015, he acquired the tech company Aspiro and took charge of their media streaming service Tidal.
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Black History Month: JAY-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
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"It's a statement of inclusion and love" - why the new video from Beyoncé and JAY-Z is so significant
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"I saw a guy in the neighbourhood outside freestyling" - JAY-Z on his early rap influences
- JAY- Z Interviewhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05gy0bx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05gy0bx.jpg2017-09-22T14:57:00.000ZJAY- Z joins Clara Amfo for an in-depth interview, talking about family life, one of hip-hops most legendary feuds and Game of Thrones!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05gtwqs
JAY- Z Interview
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Live Lounge Month 2017 mash up!
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Will 4:44 be JAY-Z's last album?