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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Beyonce And Jay Z Have Reportedly Taken Their New Born Twins Home


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Despite very little news about Beyonce’s new born twins so far - after the star gave birth to them a couple of weeks ago - reports have trickled out that the popstar mother has finally been able to take them home.

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TMZ has reported that following a week and a half at UCLA Medical Center, the tiny Carters have been allowed home with their mom and dad - and the famous parents have taken them to an epic rented Malibu estate.

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Jay Z Announces New Album '4:44'


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Jay Z has today announced his brand new album '4:44', set for release on June 30 exclusively for members of music streaming service TIDAL. The news comes after the rapper's wife Beyonce gave birth to the couple's second and third children over the weekend.

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'4:44' will serve as Jay's 13th solo studio album, with the artist also releasing three collaborative records, a live LP, five compilation albums and a soundtrack album in the past, as well as two EPs. His success in the rap game is pretty much unrivalled, with every solo album he's released since 1998 hitting the top spot on the US album chart. In the UK, he's not been quite as successful but did manage to claim his first UK number 1 LP in 2013 with the release of 'Magna Carta... Holy Grail'.

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Jay Z And Beyonce Are A Billion Dollar Couple


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They’ve been the most influential power couple in the music industry for a great number of years, but now Jay Z and Beyonce have been officially valued as a $1 billion couple, with a combined wealth of more than ten figures.

In its annual list, Forbes announced its list of the richest self-made women in America this Wednesday (May 17th), and it estimated Bey’s personal fortune at $350 million. Last week, the same publication revealed another list of the richest hip-hop acts, and valued Jigga at a cool $810 million, making the combined worth of Mr. and Mrs. Carter $1.16 billion.

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Jay Z And Pink Are Set To Headline Virgin V Festival 2017


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The first bunch of acts for Virgin V Festival 2017 have finally been announced, with Jay-Z and Pink named as headliners for the 22nd edition of the British music event. It marks ten years since Pink first appeared at the festival, way back in 2007, and it's Jay-Z's first ever V appearance.

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V Festival comes to Hylands Park, Chelmsford on August 19th and and Weston Park, Staffordshire on August 20th, with the first line-up announcement having been made on Capital and Capital XTRA today (February 27th 2017). Many more acts are yet to be announced in the coming weeks including for the BBC Radio 1 stage.

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Beyonce Expected To Learn Gender Of Twins "In Two Weeks"


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Beyonce is reportedly going to find out the gender of her twins “in two weeks,” according to gossip column Page Six.

The singer and her husband Jay Z attended Harvey Weinstein’s pre-Oscars party on Saturday night, where she was said to be talking about her pregnancy to fellow guests.

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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 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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Internet Reacts To Jay Z's "Instagram Husband" Pic Of Beyonce


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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.

Jay Z Responds To Tomi Lahren's Rant With New Song 'Drug Dealers Anonymous'


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Jay Z has hit back at conservative pundit Tomi Lahren on his new track with Pusha T titled ‘Drug Dealers Anonymous’. The song was released last night on Jay’s streaming service Tidal and samples Lahren’s viral rant from earlier this year, in which she labelled Jay a drug dealer and criticised wife Beyonce’s Superbowl performance.

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Before Jay’s verse Lahren is heard saying: "Your husband was a drug dealer. For fourteen years, he sold crack cocaine.” The sample comes from an online video Lahren made for The Blaze in February in which she criticised Beyonce’s Superbowl performance and in particular the use of Black Panther style imagery.

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Jay Z and Beyonce - 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Outside Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 5th May 2014

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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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Jay Z

Date of birth

4th December, 1969

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.87




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