JAY-Z Biography (Wikipedia)
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969) known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, and record producer. He is one of the world's best-selling music artists, and one of the most acclaimed rappers of all time.
Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z began his musical career in the mid 1990s, after which he released his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996, to widespread critical and commercial success. He released the album a year after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records. His subsequent albums have also seen great praise, with The Blueprint (2001) and The Black Album (2003) later being heralded as modern musical classics. He followed these with the collaborative album Watch the Throne (2011) with Kanye West, his critically lauded thirteenth studio album 4:44 (2017), and a collaborative effort titled Everything Is Love with wife Beyoncé in 2018.
Jay-Z's business activities and life outside of music has also received significant mainstream attention. He is the owner of 40/40 Club sports bar, and co-creator of the Rocawear clothing line. He has also acted as the president of Def Jam Recordings, and is the founder of the Roc Nation entertainment company, as well as creating its spin-off, Roc Nation Sports. As a member of Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z is a licensed sports agent. His heavily publicized marriage to singer Beyoncé in 2008 has made him a global figure in popular culture. As a couple, they have an estimated combined net worth of $1.16 billion, with his individual net worth of $900 million making him the richest hip hop artist in the world.
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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?