Jay Z

JAY-Z is a model of success. With decades of experience in the rap game, Shawn Carter has built a legacy for himself as an artist, businessman, and activist. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Carter grew up in the infamous Marcy Projects. As he took his experiences from the streets to the microphone, he formally adopted the name JAY-Z and formed his own record label entitled Roc-A-Fella Records with Dame Dash and Kareem Burke. After releasing his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996, he followed with In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 and Vol 2Hard Knock Life, the latter of which earned him his first Grammy award. This strong start set the tone for later standout albums like The Blueprint, The Black Album, and Watch the Throne (one of the many great things that came out of JAY-Z and Kanye West’s complicated friendship.) In 2008, he married the legendary Beyoncé Knowles. The Carters released their first collaborative effort with the GRAMMY award-winning Everything Is Love in 2018. Aside from the music, Hov also launched a sports management company with Roc Nation Sports. JAY-Z’s most recent albums include Magna Carta Holy Grail and the critically acclaimed, 4:44. At the end of the 2010s, JAY-Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With the success of 17 platinum selling albums, investments in his own label, a sports management company, a clothing line, and the 40/40 club, JAY-Z became hip-hop’s first billionaire. If hip-hop has a Mount Rushmore, Hov’s spot has already been reserved.



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