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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.
The hip-hop king narrated a video for the New York Times, detailing how 45 years of the war on drugs has failed.
In the PSA video, the 45 year old rapper – who used to deal drugs before he made it big in the ‘90s – details how the policy started in 1971 under Richard Nixon and continues nearly half a century later, failing to do anything about the problem but negatively impacting African-Americans and Latinos.
Jay Z narrated a video about the war on drugs for the New York Times
Continue reading: Jay Z Calls The War On Drugs An "Epic Fail" In New York Times Video
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
The lyric appears on track ‘Sorry’ and sent social media buzzing about who 'Becky' could be.
There’s been few lyrics ever discussed as intensely as one particular line from Beyonce’s ‘Sorry’, off the album Lemonade. The lyric ‘he better call Becky with the good hair’ sparked social media debates and accusations, as everyone tried to discover who ‘Becky’ was. But now the song’s co-writer Diana Gordon has finally come clean with the truth behind the infamous line.
The co-writer of Beyonce’s ‘Sorry’ has spoken about the song’s most infamous lyric
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Gordon was asked what she though about people’s reactions to the lyric. “I laughed, like this is so silly,” she said. “Where are we living? I was like, ‘What day in age from that lyric do you get all of this information?’ Is it really telling you all that much, accusing people?"
Kanye thinks the beef between the two streaming services is “f***ing” up the music industry.
Kanye West wants Apple and Tidal to end their beef
“This Tidal Apple beef is f***ing up the music game,” Kanye tweeted. The ‘Famous’ rapper then called on Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tidal owner Jay Z, Drake, music manager Scooter Braun and Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson to get on the phone with him.
Continue reading: Kanye West Tells Apple To "Cut Jay Z A Check For Tidal"
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
The Wall Street Journal claims that the tech giant is in "exploratory talks" with Jay Z's Tidal streaming platform.
A little over a year after it was acquired and re-vamped by Jay Z, Tidal is the subject of a reported takeover bid from Apple, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The tech giant is reportedly interested in acquiring the streaming platform because of its strong ties to massive pop artists like Kanye West, Beyonce and Madonna. A source told the newspaper that Apple were conducting “exploratory talks” only at this point, and that they may not eventually result in a deal.
Jay Z's Tidal is reportedly the subject of a takeover bid from Apple
Continue reading: Apple Reportedly In Takeover Talks With Jay Z's Tidal
Roy was accused of being the infamous ‘Becky with the good hair’ after Beyonce dropped her album ‘Lemonade’ in April.
At the 2016 CFDA Awards on Monday evening all three members of one of the most famous rumoured celebrity love triangles were in attendance, Beyoncé, her husband Jay Z and fashion designer Rachel Roy. It’s the first time the three have been at the same event since Beyoncé dropped her album Lemonade in April and of course all eyes were on the trio to see if their paths would cross.
Beyoncé avoided a run-in with Rachel Roy at the CFDA awards.
According to US Weekly, the CFDA red carpet had no drama as Roy opted to sneak in to the event through a side-door. An insider said: "She was one of the only celebs to not walk the carpet.”
On Tuesday, Ora shared with her fans via Snapchat some documents she was about to sign, writing "contract time!!"
The 25 year old British pop star filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation at the end of 2015 in a bid to have her contract terminated because they refused to release new material by her. However, on Tuesday (June 7th), she shared with her fans that she was in the process of putting pen to paper on a new record deal.
Announcing the news via her Snapchat account, Ora posted a picture of new documents, captioning it “contract time!!” It isn't clear what label she's signed to, though rumours have suggested it might be Warner Bros.
Prince, who died on April 21st, would have been 58 today (June 7).
Tidal are celebrating what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday today by adding 15 more of his albums their catalogue. Prince had been a vocal supporter of Jay Z’s Tidal and he released his final two albums, Hitnrun Phase One and Hitnrun Phase Two exclusively on the streaming service last year.
Tidal have just released 15 Prince albums.
The 15 new albums include his follow up to Sign O' The Times, the Black Album which Prince scrapped a week before its release in 1987. There’s also 1995’s The Gold Experience, 1999: The New Master, The Rainbow Children from 2001 and a collection of live albums.
Continue reading: Tidal Releases 15 Prince Albums To Mark His 58th Birthday
Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg , Jay-Z - Wednesday April 13, 2016; Celebs out at the 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 in downtown Los Angeles, CA. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 14th April 2016
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
Jay Z - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Clippers game. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by the final score of 103-98 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Beyonce, Jay Z , Blue Ivy - Beyonce with husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy leaving a children's party at Giggles N' Hugs in the Century City - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016
Jay Z, Beyonce' , Kendrick Lamar - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Clippers game. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the final score of 115-112 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 20th February 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.
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America. Please. read. "Between the world and me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Love to all the beautiful souls lost in the Emmanuel Church. Special Father's Day prayers to those who lost their dad.
Playlist wars in the Carter house getting too real. http://t.co/se3HbGTVSX
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