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.
His new song 'All The Way Up' references speculation over marriage.
Jay Z and Beyonce have remained decidedly mysterious as question after question was raised over the content of the latter's visual album 'Lemonade', with everyone speculating that their marriage might be in serious trouble. But now Jay Z has finally commented on the situation with his latest song.
Jay Z responds to Beyonce's 'Lemonade'
The rapper released new single 'All the Way Up' with Fat Joe, Infared, Rema Ma and French Montana yesterday (May 24th 2016), following its premiere at Yankee Stadium, and it comes just one month after Beyonce released her gossip-mongering album 'Lemonade'. The album referred to infidelity and marriage troubles in many of the songs, with 'Sorry' in particular sending the world reeling over who could possibly be 'Becky with the good hair'.
Rapper Jay Z has acknowledged his wife Beyonce's headline-grabbing new album Lemonade in a new rap verse.
The Crazy in Love singer released the visual album in April (16) and stunned fans with lyrics appearing to hint at problems, including infidelity and betrayal, in her eight-year marriage to the rapper.
It was rumoured that Jay Z was working on his own album to explain his own side of events, but in his first public acknowledgement of Lemonade, he doesn't address the allegations Beyonce made in her songs.
In the new rap verse on a remix of Fat Joe and Remy Ma's All the Way Up, he simply references the album title, the late icon Prince, and apparently acknowledges the infamous Met Gala elevator incident in 2014, in which Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles lashed out at him.
Continue reading: Jay Z Addresses Beyonce's Lemonade In New Rap Verse
Jay Z surprised fans as he joined Puff Daddy on the opening night of the rapper's Bad Boy Family Reunion tour.
Jay took to the stage on Friday (20May16) with Puff to perform Angels, Where I'm From, and Public Service Announcement at Brooklyn's Barclays Centre, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Introducing his friend and collaborator, Puff told the crowd, "You've been there with me through my ups and downs. Whenever I get in trouble, this is the one I call. This is my strategist right here, this my brother, this (Notorious) B.I.G.'s brother, this Brooklyn's own.
"That's why I appreciate you. He came from 5,000 miles away to come here to Brooklyn to represent for B.I.G."
Continue reading: Jay Z Surprises Fans With Puff Daddy Duet
DJ Khaled has worked with Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Big Sean on his new album.
The 40-year-old producer has enjoyed something of a career comeback in recent months thanks to signing with Epic Records earlier this year (16) and enlisting Jay Z as his manager. That relationship led to Khaled landing the prestigious opening act position on Jay's wife Beyonce's Formation tour, and he's capitalising on that by working on his ninth studio album - Major Key - which is due for release "soon".
To ensure the record is the best it can be, Snapchat enthusiast Khaled has teamed up with some of the music industry's biggest stars.
"You’re going to have amazing records with me and Drake on there," Khaled told Entertainment Weekly. "It’s going to be unbelievable. I’ve got records, with an 's,' with me and Drake - I want to make sure I clarify that.
Continue reading: Dj Khaled Reveals Superstar Collaborators On New Album
Beyonce posed for a rare picture alongside her father Mathew Knowles at her concert in Houston, Texas, last week (07May16).
The 34-year-old singer has a strained relationship with Mathew, who managed her career for many years until he was fired in 2011. Following the release of Beyonce's most recent album Lemonade, fans speculated that some of the lyrics in the songs, which centre on broken relationships and forgiveness, may be referring to her father.
Mathew then said people shouldn't wonder about the inspiration for the tracks. And it seems the pair has put any trouble in their relationship behind them, as they smiled for a picture taken by Beyonce's mother Tina as the singer took her Formation World Tour to her home town of Houston.
Tina then shared the snap on Instagram, alongside the caption: "Houston Concert proud dad!!!!"
Continue reading: Beyonce Smiles In Rare Snap With Dad Mathew
Beyonce and Jay Z have lost out on their second dream home in Los Angeles after they were outbid by designer Tom Ford.
The hip-hop supercouple has been searching for the perfect pad ever since deciding to relocate from the rapper's native New York to California in 2014.
They recently placed a $49 million (£34 million) bid on a 10-bedroom estate in Beverly Hills, but they have been edged out by fashion guru Ford, who offered up $1 million (£690,000) more and sealed the deal, reports TMZ.com.
The property has showbiz history - it was built in 1934 and was previously owned by actor William Powell and James Bond franchise producer Albert Broccoli.
Continue reading: Tom Ford Snaps Up Beyonce And Jay Z's Dream Home
The manufacturers of Beyonce's activewear brand Ivy Park deny their garments are made in a sweatshop.
In a statement released on Monday (16May16), a spokesperson defended the brand against claims made by a British tabloid on Sunday, in which it was alleged that its Sri Lanka factory was akin to a sweatshop.
"Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading programme," the spokesperson said, according to WWD. "We are proud of our sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and our teams worldwide work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance."
The brand added that it fully expects its suppliers to meet their code of conduct and that they "support them in achieving these requirements."
Continue reading: Makers Of Beyonce's Ivy Park Deny Sweatshop Allegations
Chris Martin has jokingly named himself as the "Becky" who reportedly got in between Beyonce and Jay Z.
Beyonce fans have been trying to uncover the identity of "Becky with the good hair" following the release of Beyonce's new album Lemonade and the track Sorry, which featured the lyric and alluded to cheating allegations which many believed referenced trouble in her marriage to Jay Z.
Fashion designer Rachel Roy and singer Rita Ora have both denied getting in between the music power couple, but their close friend, Coldplay frontman Chris, has now poked fun at the drama and laid claim to being the mysterious Becky.
"Yes, that’s me,” he told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. “Well, Jay and I have been seeing each other on-off for about 24 years.”
Continue reading: Chris Martin Jokes He's 'Becky With The Good Hair'
Jay Z is reportedly working on a musical response to his wife Beyonce's latest album Lemonade.
The singer stunned fans with the screening of an HBO special of her secret visual album Lemonade last month (Apr16) which appeared to focus on her husband’s faithfulness during their eight year union.
During the 60 minute art style film, the 7/11 singer took viewers on a journey of betrayal and reconciliation which set both the Internet and her fans alight.
Now an insider has revealed to Us Weekly that the rap icon, 46, is recording songs to explain his version of events.
Continue reading: Jay Z Is 'Working On A Response To Beyonce's Lemonade'
Ever since Bey's 'Lemonade' was released, fans have been speculating that Rita Ora is 'Becky', a character from the album with whom Beyonce's husband Jay Z was apparently unfaithful.
The 2016 Met Gala, one of the most high-profile celeb gatherings of the year, placed two supposed love rivals in the same room together – but Rita Ora and Beyonce seemed to rubbish suggestions that the former is Bey’s “Becky with the good hair” with a selfie together on Ora’s Snapchat account.
The pair attended the glamorous Manus x Machina event in New York City on Monday night (May 3rd), and posed together for a brief snap in which they were both smiling. 25 year old Rita captioned the pic ‘family’ and added a heart emoji.
Rita Ora posed for a selfie with Beyonce, dispelling the recent 'Becky' rumours
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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