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.

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

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 14 February 2018

Beyonce Knowles Jay Z

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.

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

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

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 29 January 2018

Beyonce Knowles Jay Z

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.

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

Perfume Genius Wants To 'joust' With Eminem

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 03 January 2018

Perfume Genius Eminem Jay Z

Pop producer Perfume Genius has revealed he plans to ''joust'' with Eminem at Coachella.

Perfume Genius plans to ''joust'' with Eminem at Coachella.

The indie pop producer has been engaged in a feud with the rapper for years and after they were both announced on the bill for this year's festival, Perfume has revealed how he plans to escalate the situation.

He wrote on Twitter: ''For everyone asking...Yes I plan on fighting Eminem at Coachella. I want to joust (sic)''

Continue reading: Perfume Genius Wants To 'joust' With Eminem

Beyoncé Loses Bid To Keep Deposition Private In Trademark Case

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 29 December 2017

Beyonce Knowles Jay Z

The singer is battling with an event company to trademark her daughter - Blue Ivy Carter's name

Earlier this year superstar singer Beyoncé filed legal papers to trademark the name of her five-year-old daughter with rapper Jay-Z - Blue Ivy Carter. The Crazy in Love singer wanted to reserve the rights to use the moniker in any future beauty, fashion and electronics ventures without anyone else being able to cash in on her daughter’s name.

Image caption Jay Z is expected to take home some prizes from the Grammy Awards 2017

As usual, the Record of the Year category is one of the night's most stacked, with Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee all battling it out. Gambino, Lamar, Jay Z and Mars all also make an appearance in the Album of the Year category, but face some heavy competition from the category's only female nominee, Lorde.

Continue reading: Jay Z And Kendrick Lamar Lead 2017 Grammy Awards Nominations

LeBron James Humbled By Namechecks

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 01 November 2017

Lebron James Jay Z Ice Cube

LeBron James finds it ''humbling'' to be referenced in so many songs and insists it always comes as a surprise.

Lebron James finds it ''humbling'' to be referenced in so many songs.

The basketball legend insists artists never ask his permission to use his name in their tracks, but he is always flattered whenever he suddenly hears a shout-out on the radio.

Appearing on 'Carpool Karaoke', host James Corden asked: ''You get referenced in a lot of hip-hop songs, rap songs -- do they have to call you up, or do you just hear it on the radio?''

Continue reading: LeBron James Humbled By Namechecks

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