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, producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. Considered among the best American rappers of all time, he is regarded as one of the world's most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in popular culture for over two decades.
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 onto release twelve additional albums, which have all attained generally positive critical reception and universal commercial success, with The Blueprint (2001) and The Black Album (2003) albums later being heralded as modern musical classics. He has also released the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne (2011) and Everything Is Love (2018) with Kanye West and wife Beyoncé, respectively.
- "It's a statement of inclusion and love" - why the new video from Beyoncé and JAY-Z is so significanthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06bj363.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06bj363.jpg2018-06-19T15:58:00.000ZAnnie Mac and Daniellé Dash discuss the cultural importance of the new visual.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06bk8pj
"It's a statement of inclusion and love" - why the new video from Beyoncé and JAY-Z is so significant
- "I saw a guy in the neighbourhood outside freestyling" - JAY-Z on his early rap influenceshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ssg8h.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ssg8h.jpg2018-01-04T14:15:00.000ZThe King of Rap explains where he found his inspirations as a young boy as Charlie Sloth explores what makes a successful hustler in the world of music.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05ss87b
"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
- Live Lounge Month 2017 mash up!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p059t8m9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p059t8m9.jpg2017-08-31T23:00:00.000ZClara looks back at the incredible artists who performed over Live Lounge Month 2017.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05hvwm6
Live Lounge Month 2017 mash up!
- Will 4:44 be JAY-Z's last album?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0580x0b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0580x0b.jpg2017-07-07T11:41:00.000ZAdele and Ace react to hearing 4:44 in full, but wonder if it points to an upcoming retirement...https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0580sb5
Will 4:44 be JAY-Z's last album?