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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.
Is the feud between the two power couples finally over?
The two couples were thought to have been close friends until November, when Kanye called out Jay in an onstage rant, days before he was hospitalised. During the rant Kanye had accused Jay of not supporting him and his wife following Kim’s Paris robbery ordeal.
Kim and Kanye have reportedly visited Beyonce and Jay Z
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Visit Jay Z And Beyonce
The singer is being sued for featuring the Roc-A-Fella logo in her music video.
Beyonce is reportedly being sued for using the Roc-A-Fella logo in her ‘Drunk in Love’ music video.
According to TMZ, Dwayne Walker, who claims to have designed the logo, has filled a lawsuit against the singer, saying he never gave Bey permission to feature it in the video.
Beyonce is being sued for using the Roc-A-Fella logon in the music video for ‘Drunk in Love, featuring Jay Z
Continue reading: Beyonce Reportedly Being Sued Over 'Drunk In Love' Video
Kanye called off the show at the Forum hours before it was scheduled to begin.
Kanye West canceled his scheduled show on Sunday night at the Forum in Los Angeles, three hours before it was due to start.
The venue confirmed the news on Twitter, telling fans: "Tonight's show has been cancelled. Refunds at point of purchase.”
Kanye West pulled out of his Los Angeles show on Sunday
It comes days after the rapper declared he would have voted for Donald Trump.
Kanye West left the stage in Sacramento after just three songs and 30 minutes on Saturday night leaving fans confused and angry.
During the tirade he appeared to accuse Beyonce of refusing to perform at this year’s MTV VMAs, unless she won the Video of the Year over him and Drake.
Continue reading: Kanye West Calls Out Jay Z And Beyonce Epic Onstage Rant
Jay Z is to hold a special gig in Cleveland, on a date not yet confirmed, to get millennials to vote for Hillary in November's presidential election.
In an effort to mobilise the same black youth vote that tipped the scales in favour of Obama two years in a row, Jay Z is to hold a special concert in Ohio before the presidential election in order to encourage young people to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The gig, the date of which has not yet been confirmed but will definitely take place in Cleveland according to a report by Buzzfeed News, is believed to form part of the Clinton campaign’s ‘closing argument’ strategy as the November 8th date of the 2016 presidential election looms ever larger.
Jay Z is to hold a concert in Ohio to get young black people to vote for Hillary Clinton
Jay Z has been nominated to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame next year.
Jay Z has been nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame next year.
The 46-year-old rapper - who will be the first ever rapper to be selected for the honour - is among 24 other artists in with the chance of snapping up the prize as they've made it on to the prestigious 2017 cycle of nominations.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame is awarded to artists who have boasted a successful career at the helm of the music industry spanning over 20 years.
Continue reading: Jay Z Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Kanye had sounded off about Jay Z while performing live this week, with a source close to the New York rapper then saying he "can't stand" Kanye.
Jay Z and Kanye West represent one of the longest-running, successful and high-profile working relationships in pop, with the two collaborating as far back as 15 years ago, but apparently all is not well between the two rap icons, with a source saying that, actually, Jay Z “can’t stand” Kanye.
This all started when Kanye spouted off about how disappointed he was that his old mentor Jay Z – real name Shawn Carter – hadn’t come to visit the family home in California in the aftermath of Kanye’s wife Kim being robbed in Paris, a terrifying ordeal that had seen her bound, gagged and threatened with a gun.
Kanye West unleashed a rant against Jay Z
Continue reading: Jay Z Reportedly "Can't Stand" Kanye West After Stage Outburst
Ora was accused of being the ‘Becky with the good hair’ referenced on Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ album.
Rita Ora has slammed rumours that she was the “Becky with the good hair” mentioned on Beyonce’s Lemonade album, calling the accusations ‘rude and disrespectful’. The 25-year-old was formerly a protégé of Beyonce's husband Jay Z and signed to his Roc Nation records, but she left the label earlier this year after a dispute.
Rita Ora didn't appreciate being labelled “Becky with the good hair”
In an interview with Vanity Fair Ora spoke about the “Not Becky” pin she wore at this year’s Met Ball after-party, shortly after the release of Lemonade. “That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry. Maybe I was the only one seen wearing it, but there were others,” Ora explained.
Kim is not known for her dancing skills and the thought of shaking it next to Beyonce terrified her.
Kim Kardashian has revealed that her biggest fear is having to dance next to Beyonce. The reality star is not a big fan of dancing at all, but when she had to bust a move next to Beyonce during Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour Kim thought her life was over.
Kim Kardashian’s biggest fear is having to dance next to Beyonce
Kim opened up about her dancing dilemmas during Sunday’s episode of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ after the family went to a salsa class during a trip to Cuba. Speaking to sister Kourtney, Kim revealed that it was the cause of her biggest fight with Kanye.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian Reveals Her Biggest Fear Is Dancing With Beyonce
Jay Z snapped a photo of Beyonce as she posed in an elevator in Paris this week - but the image caught a reflection of him holding the camera as he did so.
A fairly innocuous photo of Beyonce taken by her husband Jay Z on tour this week has accidentally gone viral, with corners of the internet finding an image of Bey in an elevator hysterically funny because it shows Jigga as an ‘Instagram husband’.
The photograph was posted on Bey’s official website earlier this week, showing the pop star in a mirrored elevator in the French capital city of Paris while on her 'Formation' tour. However, a reflection of the rapper can be seen the background taking the photo on a phone, which he may not have realised.
Continue reading: Internet Reacts To Jay Z's "Instagram Husband" Pic Of Beyonce
Jay-Z - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Lakers game. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz by the final score of 101-96 in Lakers Kobe Bryant's last NBA game at Staples Center. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016
Date of birth
4th December, 1969
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Wow. One of the best finals ever. So proud of King James. Salute Warriors Happy Father's Day to all.
My view. Thank you everyone for the love. Humbled. https://t.co/bC23Y464GV
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Playlist wars in the Carter house getting too real. http://t.co/se3HbGTVSX
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