Jay Z

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.

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.



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Jay Z The First Rapper To Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame


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2017 is set to be a vintage year for Jay Z – not only is his wife Beyonce expecting twins, but he’s also set to become the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The world-famous rap icon, who has scored more Billboard chart-topping albums than Elvis Presley, has 21 Grammys to his name and more than a hundred credited appearances in charting singles over his two-decade-long career, will join the Hall of Fame alongside fellow 2017 inductees Max Martin, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Chicago and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

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Beyonce Announces She's Pregnant With Twins


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Five years after they welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy, into the world, Beyonce and her husband Jay Z have revealed that they are expecting twins, after the star announced that she is pregnant for the second time.

The 35 year old star, who is due to headline the Coachella festival in a few months’ time, took to Instagram to reveal the happy news to her fans. Posing in just a bra and underwear with her baby bump, the snap quickly became the most liked photo in Instagram history when she revealed the news on Wednesday (February 1st).

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Visit Jay Z And Beyonce


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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are starting 2017 by mending fences, after being pictured visiting the home of former friends Beyonce and Jay Z.

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.

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Beyonce Reportedly Being Sued Over 'Drunk In Love' Video


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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.

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Kanye West Cancels Los Angles Concert One Day After Beyonce And Jay Z Rant


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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.”

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Kanye West Calls Out Jay Z And Beyonce Epic Onstage Rant


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Kanye West left the stage in Sacramento after just three songs and 30 minutes on Saturday night leaving fans confused and angry.

The rapper walked off stage after delivering an epic rant against former friends Beyonce and Jay Z.

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.

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Jay Z To Hold Ohio Concert To Encourage Young People To Vote For Hillary Clinton


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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.

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Jay Z Reportedly "Can't Stand" Kanye West After Stage Outburst


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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.

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Rita Ora Opens Up On 'Becky With The Good Hair' Accusations: "I've Had A Few Dramas"


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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 OraRita 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.

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Kim Kardashian Reveals Her Biggest Fear Is Dancing With Beyonce


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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Jay-Z - 'Legends of the Summer' Tour at the Rose Bowl - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th July 2013

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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

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Jay Z

Date of birth

4th December, 1969

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.87




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