Jay Z

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

4th December, 1969







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.

Beyonce Dedicates On The Run II Concert To Ailing Aretha Franklin

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 14 August 2018

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Bey and husband Jay were performing in Franklin's hometown, Detroit

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.

Image caption Beyonce and Jay-Z performing in Paris

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

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 04 May 2018

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The SEC wants to ask the rapper questions about his involvement with Iconix Brand Group following the sale of his Rocawear brand in 2007.

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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Jay Z And Beyonce's Daughter Blue Ivy Has Her Own Personal Stylist

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 06 April 2018

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Beyonce's reps confirmed Blue Ivy is dressed by stylist Manuel Mendez.

Jay Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter has already made something of a name for herself in the fashion world at the tender age of six, and at least part of the reason why has been made public – she has her own stylist and personal shopper!

The last year or so has seen the music power couple’s eldest daughter wearing chic clothes at a lot of high-profile event, from sporting a custom dress and wig to her grandmother Tina Knowles Lawson’s Wearable Art Gala to the bespoke Valery Kovalska white suit she was spotted in at the 2018 Grammys.

While most little girls have to accept what they’re given by their parents, Blue Ivy has the help of a personal stylist, confirmed by Women’s Wear Daily on Thursday (April 5th) and whose name is Manuel Mendez.

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'I Really Cried': Jay-Z Recalls His Mother's Tender Coming Out Moment

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 04 April 2018

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He opens up about his mother being a lesbian on David Letterman's Netflix show.

Last year Jay-Z revealed that his mother Gloria Carter was a lesbian through the song 'Smile' on his latest album '4:44'. Now as part of David Letterman's Netflix show 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction', the rapper opens up about the moment his mother opened her heart to him.

Image caption Jay-Z and Beyonce at a Clippers game

It was something that he knew for a long time despite her having had three other children with his late father Adnis Reeves, but when she spoke to him for the first time about finding love in another woman, the happiness he felt for his mother moved him to tears.

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Beyonce's Daughter Blue Ivy Steals The Show At The Wearable Art Gala

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 19 March 2018

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Beyonce was honoured with a humanitarian award at the event.

Beyonce and Jay-Z brought their family along to the Wearable Art Gala in LA over the weekend, where the former was being honoured with a prize for her humanitarian work. But it was their young daughter Blue Ivy Carter that stole the show by making a number of bids at the auction.

Image caption Beyonce at the MTV VMAs

It was the second annual Wearable Art event, which took place at the Alexandria Ballrooms with the dress theme being 'From WACO to Wakanda'. It's a huge gala hosted by Bey's mom and stepdad Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, with all proceeds benefiting the WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center. Arrivals also included Jay-Z's mom Gloria Carter, Solange Knowles and Bianca Lawson.

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Beyonce And Jay-Z Go 'On The Run' For The Second Time

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 12 March 2018

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They are set to embark on their OTR II Tour this year.

Less than four years since they wrapped their original 'On The Run' co-headlining tour in France, Grammy-winning power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z have announced a re-Run of the show, this time taking them across the UK and Europe as well as North America with 21 stadium dates.

Image caption Jay-Z and Beyonce on their On The Run Tour

The pair will kick off the first leg of their OTR II Tour on June 6th 2018 at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, followed by spots at Glasgow's Hampden Park, Manchester's Etihad Stadium and the London Stadium. Then they'll venture across 11 more European cities before returning to the US on July 25th with a show at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Jay Z Named World's Richest Rapper By Forbes

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 02 March 2018

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Jigga upped his net worth by around 10% over the last 12 months to $900 million, displacing Sean 'Diddy' Combs from the Forbes list.

Jay Z has ended Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ reign at the top of the Forbes list of hip-hop’s highest earners, mostly thanks to cognac and champagne.

The magazine reported on Thursday (March 1st) that the 48 year old rapper – who welcomed twins roughly a year ago with his wife Beyonce and released his latest album 4:44 - had a net worth of $900 million, increasing his wealth over the last 12 months by an estimated $90 million.

That increase was largely derived from the booming value of his interests in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac, as well as ownership stakes in record label Roc Nation and his Tidal music streaming service.

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Tiffany Haddish On How Beyonce Saved Jay-Z From Flirty Actress

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 14 February 2018

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The singer apparently had words with a woman who couldn't keep her hands to herself.

Beyonce is not the kind of woman you want to mess with, and Tiffany Haddish discovered that first hand when she witnessed the singer berate an actress for getting a little too close to her husband Jay-Z. She wouldn't reveal who the flirty star was, but it's clear she was in deep trouble.

Image caption Beyonce at a Tidal event

Since Beyonce's hit album 'Lemonade' came out, the press has been full of stories about the power couple's marriage and alleged infidelity on Jay-Z's part, so it's no wonder that Bey has got a little protective of her husband in recent years.

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Hotel Guest Goes Viral After Being Snapped Gawping At Beyonce And Jay-Z

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 29 January 2018

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This was the last thing she expected while walking through her hotel.

Just how would you react if you were casually walking through your hotel only to see two world famous superstars like Beyonce and Jay-Z stroll past you? Would you a) whip out your camera, b) squeal and get an autograph, or c) stand there and gawp like the lady in this story?

Image caption Beyonce at a Tidal event

If 'c', then you are by no means the only one. This image of a mature woman standing stock still with her eyes wide and her jaw to the floor, staring incredulously as the glamourous power couple strutted past her in a hotel in New York on Saturday (January 27th 2018) has gone viral, mainly because fans of the duo can totally relate.

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Jay Z departs from Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 19th August 2017

Vanessa Bryant - Celebrities attend the Beyonce and Jay Z concert at the Rose Bowl - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 4th August 2014

Jay-Z - 'Legends of the Summer' Tour at the Rose Bowl - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th July 2013

Eddie Huang - Jay-Z 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' album release exclusively for Samsung Galaxy at Liberty Warehouse - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Jay Z - Pedro Hernandez, Bianca Darty-Bell, Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z, Dania Diaz, Gordon Gillinson New York City, USA - United Way Of New York & Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation press conference, held at Carnegie Hall Thursday 8th December 2011