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Rapper, entrepreneur Jay-Z Jay-Z

Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay-Z (sometimes stylized JAY Z), is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter's net worth at nearly $500 million. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving seventeen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.
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home town
Kings County
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Jay-Z Recalls Rise From Public Housing To Boardroom In Rocawear Ad
MTV News - almost 6 years
'I don't know if you're ever done; it's almost like climbing a mountain,' Hov says in new clip. By Nadeska Alexis <P>Even after 16 fruitful years in the game, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/jay_z/artist.jhtml">Jay-Z</a> continues to push himself, achieving new career milestones with each passing year. In a new ad for his Rocawear clothing line, titled "Marcy to Barclays," the Brooklyn-bred mogul reflects on his rise to the top. </P><P> </P><P>"Marcy to Barclays" references <a href="/news/articles/1633743/jay-z-and-the-nets-break-ground-in-brooklyn.jhtml">Jay-Z's investment in the NBA Nets</a> and their transition to the newly constructed Barclays Center, which the team will inhabit in Downtown Brooklyn beginning this fall. The 30-second, black-and-white clip begins with snapshots of New York City a...
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Atlantic Yards Report: Ratner amps up the Jay-Z claim: “He is the one that is not only designing the suites, but the lounges, the restaurants, giving the thing a whole feel.”
The Brooklyn Paper - almost 6 years
<a class="fplink fp-37799" href="/Bruce+Ratner+1">Bruce Ratner</a> gives a tour of the under-construction Barclays Center to the ever-unskeptical Fox 5.”Everything in this arena is related to Brooklyn. What do I mean by that? The exterior …
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Katy Perry: This one goes out to all my ninjas
Byron Shire News - almost 6 years
ALL-American singer's attempt to cover classic by <a class="fplink fp-132665" href="/Jay+Z+1">Jay-Z</a> and <a class="fplink fp-159319" href="/Kanye+West+1">Kanye West</a> is as about as awkward as you'd expect it to be.
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Hip-Hop Rumors: Jay-Z Working on $150 Million Tour Deal for Beyonce
All Hip Hop - almost 6 years
Jay-Z is reportedly brokering a tour deal for Beyonce worth $150 Million! Sources are saying that Jigga has approached Live Nation to partner with Bey for a world tour that would be dubbed as Beyonce’s “comeback” after giving birth to her first child, Blue Ivy Carter. “Just weeks after the birth of Blue Ivy, Jay…
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Hip-Hop Rumors: Jay-Z Shelving Jay Electronica Album For Lack of Singles
All Hip Hop - almost 6 years
Last week, <a class="fplink fp-132736" href="/Jay+Electronica+1">Jay Electronica</a> tweeted that his album was completely done and had already been handed in to his label, Roc Nation. Well, according to Questlove of the Roots, Roc Nation boss Jay-Z doesn’t feel the album is complete because it “has no singles on it.” “Jay, Shawn Carter, has the record and listens to…
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PHOTOS: June Ambrose Fetes 'Styled By June' With Jay-Z
Huffington Post - almost 6 years
If you're one of June Ambrose's nearly 400,000 devoted Twitter followers or loved watching her high-fashion high jinx videos on Youtube then you've been waiting...
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Jay-Z rocks SXSW
CNN - almost 6 years
Getting up early to wait in line for tickets to a concert was never so fruitful. As one of the first few in line I scored sweet floor tix to the AMEX Sync Show featuring Jay-Z. By far one of the best shows I've been to, and probably one I'd never be able to actually get such great tix to normally. THANKS AMEX!
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Jay-Z Takes Over SXSW With Hit-Packed Set
Rolling Stone - almost 6 years
For roughly 75 minutes on Monday night Jay-Z led a New York takeover of downtown Austin The proof came near the end of his special AmEX-Sync concert for SXSW when Jay-Z asked some 2700 fans in attendance how many New Yorkers were in the house before launching into "Empire State of...
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Jay-Z gets police escort to concert
Bucks Free Press - almost 6 years
Jay-Z had to use a police escort to get him to a gig at South By Southwest, after arriving in late to Texas.
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In May 2012, Jay-Z announced his endorsement of President Obama's support of same-sex marriage for gay couples.
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    Jay-Z took the subway to his sold out show at The Barclays Center On October 6, 2012.
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    Jay-Z and Rihanna are to be the two main headlining acts for BBC Radio 1's 2012 Hackney Weekend music festival on June 23 to June 24.
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    He hit me right back like, ‘Yo, I’ma go in on this,’ or, ‘I like this.’” The same month, Jay-Z and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Jay-Z will be the curator and the headliner for the first annual "Budweiser Made in America" festival at Fairmont Park in Philadelphia on September 1 and September 2, 2012.
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    In May 2012 it was reported that Jay-Z is working on new music with Roc Nation producer Jahlil Beats.
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    On January 9, 2012, Jay-Z released "Glory", a song dedicated to their child, on his social website LifeandTimes.com.
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    He encouraged the team's relocation to Brooklyn's Barclays Center (from New Jersey) in the 2012–2013 season, at which point the team took on the Brooklyn Nets moniker.
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  • 2011
    Age 40
    In April 2011, Jay-Z launched a blog-like, lifestyle website by the name of Life + Times.
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    Jay-Z and West later gave a surprise performance of "Otis" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
    At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé revealed that she was pregnant with their first child and on January 7, 2012, she gave birth to their daughter, named Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
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  • 2010
    Age 39
    In August 2010, it was revealed that Jay-Z and Kanye West would be collaborating on a five-track EP entitled Watch the Throne.
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    Jay-Z was the supporting act for U2 on the Australian and New Zealand leg of their U2 360° Tour, beginning in Auckland, New Zealand in November 2010, followed by Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in December.
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    In June 2010, Eminem and Jay-Z announced they would perform together in a pair of concerts in Detroit and New York.
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    On January 23, 2010, Jay-Z released a track, "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)", with Rihanna, and U2's Bono and The Edge, as well as performing it at the Hope For Haiti Now telethon.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    At his concert on November 8, 2009 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, Rihanna joined him on stage and performed "Hard" for the very first time, then performed "Run This Town" with Jay-Z. Among his success, Jay-Z has ventured into producing Broadway shows.
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    His North American tour continued until November 22, 2009.
    On October 9, 2009, Jay-Z kicked off his tour for The Blueprint 3, during which he supported his new album in North America.
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    Jay-Z's 11th studio album The Blueprint 3 was originally to be released on September 11, 2009 but was instead released in North America on September 8, 2009 due to increasing anticipation.
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    On May 21, 2009, Jay-Z announced he would be parting ways with Def Jam, and had struck a multi-million dollar deal to sign with Live Nation, with whom he would start his Roc Nation imprint which would serve as a record label, talent/management agency, and music publishing company and also partnered up with production team Stargate to start a record label called StarRoc.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    Jay-Z got actively involved in politics during the 2008 presidential campaign, where he supported increased voter participation and helped send voters to polling stations.
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    They kept a low profile while dating, and married quietly in April 2008. It became a matter of public record on April 22, 2008, but Knowles did not publicly debut her $5 million Lorraine Schwartz-designed wedding ring until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5, 2008 in New York City.
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    During Kanye West's August 6, 2008 concert at Madison Square Garden, Jay-Z came out to perform a new song and he and Kanye proclaimed that it was to be on The Blueprint 3.
    He also headlined many other summer festivals in 2008, including Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Hove Festival in Norway and O2 Wireless Festival in London.
    He married American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles on April 4, 2008. They gave birth to a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012.
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    It was announced on February 2, 2008 that Jay-Z would headline the 2008 Glastonbury Festival, becoming the first major hip hop artist to headline the British festival.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    On December 24, 2007, Jay-Z stated that he would not remain at Def Jam as the company's President, and vacated the position effective of January 1, 2008.
    Jay-Z released his tenth album entitled American Gangster on November 6, 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 35
    Jay-Z's comeback single, "Show Me What You Got", was leaked on the Internet in early October 2006, scheduled to be released later on that month, received heavy air-play after its leak, causing the FBI to step in and investigate.
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    Jay-Z returned with his comeback album on November 21, 2006 titled Kingdom Come.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    On October 27, 2005, Jay-Z headlined New York's Power 105.1 annual concert, Powerhouse.
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  • 2004
    Age 33
    Later in 2004, Jay-Z was named president of Def Jam Records, which led to Jay-Z, Dash and Biggs selling their remaining interests in Roc-A-Fella Records and Jay-Z taking control of both of the companies.
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    In 2004, Jay-Z collaborated with rock group Linkin Park, in which they released their collaborative remix EP Collision Course, which featured mashups of both artists' songs, as well as a concert DVD.
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  • 2003
    Age 32
    On November 25, 2003, Jay-Z held a concert at Madison Square Garden, which would later be the focus of his film Fade to Black.
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  • 2002
    Age 31
    Jay-Z's next solo album was 2002's The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse, a double-album.
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  • 2001
    Age 30
    He later performed the song "Takeover", at Summer Jam 2001, which initially attacked Prodigy and revealed photos of Prodigy dressed like Michael Jackson.
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    In 2001, Jay-Z spoke out against Prodigy after he took an issue with a Jay-Z line from "Money, Cash, Hoes" that he felt were subliminal shots at Mobb Deep and referenced Mobb Deep's beef with Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Death Row Records.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    In 2000, Jay-Z released The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which was originally intended to become a compilation album for Roc-A-Fella artists but somehow turned into a Jay-Z album.
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  • 1999
    Age 28
    In 1999, Jay-Z dueted with Mariah Carey on "Heartbreaker", a song from her seventh album, Rainbow.
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  • 1998
    Age 27
    In 1998, Jay-Z released Vol. 2...
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  • 1997
    Age 26
    After reaching a new distribution deal with Def Jam in 1997, Jay-Z released his follow-up In My Lifetime, Vol. 1.
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  • 1996
    Age 25
    After striking a deal with Priority to distribute his material, Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt with beats from acclaimed producers such as DJ Premier and Super DJ Clark Kent and a notable appearance by The Notorious B.I.G..
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  • 1995
    Age 24
    From the beginning of his professional recording career, when no major label gave him a record deal, Jay-Z, Damon Dash, and Kareem Biggs created Roc-A-Fella Records as their own independent label in 1995.
    He made an appearance on a popular song by Big L, "Da Graveyard", and on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build", which also featured early appearances by DMX, and Ja Rule in 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 23
    He first became known to a wide audience by being featured on the posse cut "Show and Prove" on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddy's Home.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 11
    Originally from Marcy Houses, a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, the future "Jay-Z" then known as Shawn Carter, was abandoned by his father and in 1982, he shot his brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Age -4
    Born on December 4, 1967.
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