Jay Z

Biography

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.

Jay Z: Net Worth
Jay Z has a net worth of $550 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth (2014)

Jay Z: 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.

Jay Z: 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'.

Jay Z: 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.
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22nd September 2014 -

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6th September 2014 -

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31st August 2014 -

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31st August 2014 -

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Everyone was talking about Jay-Z and Solange's elevator fight at the Standard Hotel after the Met Gala in May. And that was exactly what they were aiming for, claims Solange and Beyoncé's dad Matthew Knowles....

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21st August 2014 -

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Cue the “no longer On The Run” jokes, as Beyonce and Jay Z are off the hook for their 2013 trip to Cuba. The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General released a nine-page report...

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5th August 2014 -

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They might struggle to behave themselves in an elevator but put Beyoncé and Jay Z up on a stage in front of thousands of fans and they know exactly what to do. The power couple...

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5th August 2014 -

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3rd August 2014 -

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Beyonce and Nicki Minaj have decided to basically make all our female-driven hip hop music dreams come true and collaborated on a Remix of Flawless (all capitals were necessary). As a personal note, please never...

Beyonce Fends Off Divorce Rumours With Cute Instagram Snap

23rd July 2014 -

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Rumours that a seperation is imminent have plagued the music power couple for months, ever since that night at the Met Costume Gala when Beyonce's little sister Solange attacked her brother-in-law in a lift. Even...

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17th July 2014 -

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15th July 2014 -

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Beyonce And Jay Z Were Right At Home At The MetLife Stadium

13th July 2014 -

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Yes, hello, it’s still 2014 and Beyonce and Jay Z are still ruling over us all. On Friday night, they took over the MetLife Stadiun in New York for another unforgettable gig. The reviews and...

Beyonce And Jay Z's World Tour French Show To Be Broadcast By HBO

11th July 2014 -

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Feeling glum because you didn't manage to get tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay Z present their "On The Run" world tour? Well, worry not: HBO will be bringing the couple's eagerly anticipated live shows...

Jay Z And Beyonce To Stick Around Post-Tour With "On The Run" HBO Special

11th July 2014 -

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What’s an arena tour without a documentary to commemorate it? Beyonce and Jay Z are making sure to stay anchored in the public eye long after their current run ends, by recording a TV special...

Jay Z, No Doubt, Tiesto Excited To Headline Global Citizen Festival

9th July 2014 -

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Jay Z, No Doubt and Tiësto have been announced as the main acts to perform at this year's Global Citizen Festival in New York. The annual charity event, which will take place on September 27th...

It's 'All Good' Between Solange Knowles & Jay-Z Following Elevator Fight

7th July 2014 -

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We all wondered what happened between Solange Knowles and her brother-in-law Jay-Z in the elevator in New York in May. The truth is, we still don't know and we're not likely to find out any...

How Much Does It Cost To Book Your Favourite Band?

4th July 2014 -

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Having your favourite band play at your birthday party or wedding would be a dream come true for any music fan, but sadly it doesn't come cheap. Business Insider has recently worked with booking agency...

Jay-Z Infidelity Rumours: Mya Denies Involvement As Beyonce Posts Family Pictures

4th July 2014 -

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Mya has denied claims she ever had an affair with Jay-Z. The 34-year-old addressed the rumours when a fan questioned her via Instagram, as the Mail reports. Mya simply replied "Never did, never was, never...

Fail! Lionel Richie's Name Spelled Wrong At The BET Awards

30th June 2014 -

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Whoever was in charge of the captioning at last night's BET Awards should hang their head in shame after they misspelled the name of the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, Lionel Richie. During the...

Beyonce And Jay Z Grace The BET Awards Stage Via Video Recording

30th June 2014 -

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Of course Beyonce and Jay Z had to contribute to the BET Awards in some way – even if it was a pre-recorded performance. The power couple graced the BET stage – more or less...

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29th June 2014 -

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé have divided Justin Bieber fans when they chose to show his mug shot on stage during their joint On The Run tour. The couple performed on the opening night of their tour...

Beyonce And Jay Z's World Tour: Bieber Mugshots, Booty Suits And Blue Ivy

28th June 2014 -

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Beyoncé and Jay Z have kicked off their eagerly-anticipated On The Run world tour in Miami, with an inaugural performance taking place on Wednesday night (25th June). At the Sun Life stadium, the hip-hop couple...

What Can We Expect From Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘On The Run’ Tour?

25th June 2014 -

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It’s safe to say that the past few months have not been the greatest for Beyonce and Jay-Z. While the Carters are undoubtedly still hip-hop’s most prolific power couple, some recent bad publicity has seen...

DJ Khaled, French Montana, Rick Ross, Meek Mill & JAY Z - They Dont Love You No More

25th June 2014 -

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DJ Khaled has teamed up with Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana on 'They Don't Love You No More'; the lead single from his upcoming new album 'I've Changed Alot'. He has...

Ticket Sales And Expectations High As Beyonce And Jay Z Launch Into "On The Run" Tour

25th June 2014 -

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Over the 13 years since their first collaboration, 03 Bonnie and Clyde, Beyonce and Jay Z are doing better than ever career-wise. Both are considered trendsetters and some of the (if not the) best at...

Beyonce Divorce Delayed Over Pregnancy No.2? - Report

13th June 2014 -

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Has Beyoncé scrapped her reported plans to divorce Jay-Z as she is pregnant? The 32-year-old singer and her husband of 6 years Jay-Z AKA Shawn Carter are rumored to be divorcing following allegations that Jay-Z...

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Ithink your a really good artist. I want to be a singer although im not very fluent with any high or low notes. I think youv got a really broad musical sense of talent. It's good for you over the years i have not heard of any muck up's and i wouldnt really stop my children from listening to your music when/as they are older. I've heard some of your songs. Yeah i think if any one was a bloke they'd try to be you just, because you have a talent that brings you good and worthy money.. How could i become a singer artist i live in britain do american people sign english people for music?

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