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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.
They'll be joined by Ellie Goulding, Craig David and Rudimental.
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.
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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The singer was reportedly overheard talking about her pregnancy at a pre-Oscars bash on Saturday night.
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.
Beyonce is reportedly going to know the gender of her twins “in two weeks”
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The 47 year old rapper is the first hip-hop artist to be inducted in the Hall of Fame's 38-year history.
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.
Jay Z is the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
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Bey took to Instagram to reveal that she and her husband Jay Z are expecting twins later this year.
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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Is the feud between the two power couples finally over?
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.
Kim and Kanye have reportedly visited Beyonce and Jay Z
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The singer is being sued for featuring the Roc-A-Fella logo in her music video.
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.
Beyonce is being sued for using the Roc-A-Fella logon in the music video for ‘Drunk in Love, featuring Jay Z
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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.
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The conservative pundit described Jay Z as a ‘drug dealer’ earlier this year during a rant about Beyonce’s Superbowl performance.
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.
Jay Z has dropped new track ‘Drug Dealers Anonymous’.
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.
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 is believed to be seeking roughly $15 million in compensation from Aspiro, who owned the streaming service now known as Tidal.
About a year after he bought and re-launched the then little-known streaming service Tidal, Jay Z seems to be gearing up to sue its former owners for misleading him about the service’s performance and subscription numbers before he bought it.
Legal representatives for the 46 year old rapper-turned-businessman have reportedly written to venture capital firm Verdane and Scandinavian media conglomerate Schibsted this week, accusing them of “significantly” inflated the service’s subscriber numbers in the run-up to the conclusion of the $57 million deal.
Jay Z claims that Tidal's former owners misrepresented the health of the company before he bought it
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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
The rapper has been called out by Deadmau5 after posting a picture which appeared to show the downloading site open in his browser.
Last month Kanye West declared on twitter he was $53million in debt, but are things so bad that he’s turned to illegally downloading software? While it’s probably all just an innocent misunderstanding, producer Deadmau5 didn't seem so willing to give the rapper the benefit of the doubt, after he tweeted a picture appearing to show he’d tried to download software Serum.
Kanye West has made another twitter blunder.
On Tuesday Kanye took to twitter to let us know that he’d been listening to Sufjan Stevens’ track ‘Death With Dignity’, by sharing a screenshot of the song open in Youtube. But the picture also showed the other tabs Kanye had open, including one which read ‘Pirate Bay Torrent Xfe’.
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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
Date of birth
4th December, 1969
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This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.
Wow. One of the best finals ever. So proud of King James. Salute Warriors Happy Father's Day to all.
My view. Thank you everyone for the love. Humbled. https://t.co/bC23Y464GV
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"Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists" Tidal is platinum. 1,000,000 people and counting. Let's celebrate 10/20 Brooklyn.
New Orleans welcomes Wayne home tonight Live on Tidal. 9pm. Wave.
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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