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 rivalry between the two streaming services might have just become more intense.
Tidal users who were tuning in to the livestream of Lil Wayne’s gig at his Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans were left missing out when Drake stopped by to deliver a brief three-song cameo. When Drake hit the stage the livestream stopped, reportedly due to the fact that the Canadian rapper is Apple Music’s main man, while Wayne is a co-owner of Jay-Z’s Tidal.
Drake’s performance with Lil Wayne was cut from Tidal’s livestream.
The Tidal twitter account told users, ”Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience” as Drake took the stage, adding ”We'll be back after the performance.”
He'll accept the prestigious trophy at Sunday night's televised ceremony.
According to a statement from MTV, ‘Ye is being honoured with the award on account of his “career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture.”
Kanye West performing at Glastonbury 2015
Continue reading: Kanye West To Receive MTV VMAs Vanguard Award
The Purple One has jumped on Jay-Z’s Tidal bandwagon for the release of his latest album.
Prince has announced that his new album, HitNRun, will be coming our way next month exclusively on Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Dropping on September 7th, the record is the first part of an exclusive partnership between Tidal and the singer. Last year Prince surprised fans by releasing two albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum with his band 3rd Eye Girl.
Prince has revealed his next album will be a Tidal exclusive.
Prince first announced the existence of HitNRun. during a BBC interview in late July. The album has been co-produced by Joshua Welton, who worked on Art Official Age and will include previously released first single ‘Hardrocklover’.
Continue reading: Prince Confirms New Album 'HitNRun' Will Be Exclusive To Tidal
The Oasis guitarist has previously criticised Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service.
Noel Gallagher has made his feelings pretty clear regarding Apple’s new streaming service ‘Apple Music'. The former Oasis member has called Apple’s latest venture ‘arrogant’ and added that the service's radio feature was ‘some sort of George Orwell shit’
Noel Gallagher has not signed up for his Apple Music trial.
Speaking to the Varvet International podcast Gallagher said, “Apple Music, world radio: is that some sort of George Orwell shit going on? How can you be so arrogant that you can say, ‘We now fucking own world radio.’”
Continue reading: Noel Gallagher Brands Apple Music 'Arrogant' and 'Orwellian'
The six-hour series will tell the tragic story of Emmett Till.
Rapper Jay-Z and actor Will Smith are reportedly teaming up to produce a new miniseries for HBO telling the tragic story of Emmett Till, a 14 year old whose murder in 1955 is remembered as one of America’s most shocking hate crimes.
Will Smith is teaming up with Jay-Z to produce a miniseries for HBO.
According to Deadline, Smith and Jay-Z will produce what is expected to be a six hour series, along with TV producer Aaron Kaplan. The project marks the first miniseries for Kaplan who is currently working on upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker comedy 'Divorce'.
Continue reading: Jay-Z And Will Smith Are Teaming Up For HBO Miniseries
Jay-Z's Tidal appears to be in free-fall.
Tidal, Jay-Z's streaming service designed to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, appears to be in disarray after Peter Tonstad - the company's third CEO since its incarnation - resigned after just nine weeks in the job.
Jay-Z is facing tough times at Tidal
"The only thing I can confirm is that I have resigned," Tonstad told Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv.
Continue reading: Jay-Z's 'Tidal' In Disarray as Third CEO Resigns after 9 Weeks
Lil Wayne has big news, but not as big as you think.
No, Lil Wayne has not joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation’s label. But you would be forgiven for thinking that, what with Weezy’s cryptic announcement at the KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland. Addressing his fans from the Summer Jam stage, Lil Wayne bragged that he’d “just signed a deal with my motherf***ing idol.”
No, Lil Wayne is not leaving Young Money. Yet.
Alas, it was not a record deal that Weezy was referring to. Instead, he’s partnering with Tidal – that’ Jay Z’s streaming service, keep up – to release his music on the app. Well, there goes one more artist off the Spotify boat.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne's Big Announcement Was NOT About Joining Roc Nation
Does anyone else think Jay-Z might soon really regret Tidal?
Jay-Z could be about to suffer some major embarrassment with his streaming service Tidal, as his wife Beyoncé is among the artists whose music could get removed from the platform if a deal isn't reached with record company Sony.
Beyonce's music could soon be gone from Tidal.
According to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek Sony is threatening to pull all of its artists' music from Tidal including that of Beyoncé who one of the compnay’s co-owners. Bloomberg reports that sources have said Jay-Z is yet to reach a deal on a streaming contract with Sony and the record company is reportedly asking for "large advances" in return for giving Tidal the rights to feature its artists' catalogues.
Continue reading: Could Beyonce's Music Be About To Disappear From Jay-Z's Tidal Service?
Jay-Z is yet to respond to Abramovic's criticism.
Marina Abramovic, the Serbian performance artist, has claimed Jay-Z "used her" in her music video for his song Picasso Baby in 2013. In the promo, Abramovic performed her work The Artist Is Present, sitting across table from embers of the public and holding her gaze.
Abramovic says Jay-Z used her in his video for Picasso Baby
Speaking with Spike magazine, Abramovic said that once Jay-Z arrived at MoMa, where her exhibition took place, she felt the experience only benefitted in.
Continue reading: Performance Artist Marina Abramovic Claims: "Jay-Z Used Me"
Ciara was performing in Atlanta on Wednesday (13th May) when she accidentally kicked a member of the audience in the face.
Ciara accidentally kicked a fan in the face whilst performing in at the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta on Wednesday (13th May). The 'Body Party' singer is currently on her Jackie album tour.
Ciara accidentally kicked a fan in the face whilst performing in Atlanta.
The study found there had been three music revolutions since the 1950s.
A study by the University of London and Imperial College has concluded that the emergence of hip hop has had the biggest impact on the charts of any genre since the 1950s. The study also found that the importance of The Beatles may have been overstated, suggesting that the fab five did not spark a musical revolution.
The Beatles may not have been that revolutionary
The study found there were three musical revolutions on the charts, the first being in 1964 with the rise of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles. The second was in the mid 80s with the use of synthesisers and drum machines, while the third came in 1991 when rap and hip-hop infiltrated the mainstream charts.
Continue reading: Scientific Study Concludes Hip Hop Was More Impactful Than The Beatles
Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z - A variety of stars turned out in style for the MET Gala 2015 and the opening of 'China: Through The Looking Glass' which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 4th May 2015
So long, Grooveshark, it's been real.
With all the fuss around Spotify and Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal, other, similarly nautical services may have gone slightly under the radar. This includes Grooveshark, a decade-old service, which closed down this week, with a final message to subscribers.
‘Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides’ will hit on May 13th.
If you ask most people how they think Jay-Z’s Tidal service is doing, the response will probably be something along the lines of 'not great'. Of course if you asked Jay-Z himself, you’d hear a different story. But facts and figures aside, the rapper turned businessman has just announced he’ll be playing a free concert for Tidal subscribers next month, featuring some of his rarest tracks.
The rapper re-launched the streaming service last month.
Titled ‘Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides’ the show will stream live from New York on May 13th and see the rapper performing B-sides and other less known tracks. Tidal subscribers are also being given the chance to win tickets to the performance by submitting a playlist on Tidal and sharing it on Twitter with the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ.
Date of birth
4th December, 1969