New York City, The United States of America
Born Shawn Corey Carter, Jay-Z comes from humble beginnings. He met his wife Beyoncé while they collaborated on her music, and in 2008, they got married. They have three children together.
Jay-Z founded the label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995. The following year he was able to release his first album titled Reasonable Doubt. Reasonable Doubt was a huge hit, both critically and commercially, which propelled Jay-Z to fame. From this point on, he has released 12 albums total, including iconic hip-hop titles like The Blueprint, The Black Album, American Gangster, 4:44, and more. In addition, he has two important collaborative albums: Watch the Throne, released in 2011 with another renowned hip-hop artist, Kanye West, and 2018’s Everything Is Love with Beyoncé.
Jay-Z founded the clothing store franchise Rocawear in 2003, the sports bar chain 40/40 Club, and the entertainment company Roc Nation, which was officially founded in 2008. In addition to Roc Nation, Jay-Z spearheaded Def Jam Recordings that have contributed to the success of such huge artists like Kanye West and Rihanna. He has owned Aspiro since 2015. In 2020, he launched a line of cannabis.
Jay-Z has also been a film producer, working on films like The Great Gatsby and Annie. He has also published a book, Decoded, about his lyrics and work.
The artist has influenced a variety of performers and has directly cultivated the careers of other famous artists, like Rihanna. He has been influenced by classic artists like Marvin Gaye and has developed a distinct rapping style characterized by flow and a distinct rhythm and technique.
Jay-Z is among the best-selling music artists in the world. He has sold 50 million albums and 75 million singles total.
Jay-Z currently holds the record for most Grammy Awards by a rapper with 23. He also has the record for most number-one albums on the Billboard 200, with 14.
The artist has been considered one of the greatest ones of all time by Billboard and Rolling Stone. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the first rapper to get this achievement. 2021 saw him inducted in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Jay-Z became the first billionaire and hip-hop artist, among the wealthiest Black Americans and one of the richest Americans overall. His business ventures and music helped him achieve this capital.
Jay-Z has contributed to charity and various social causes, such as the fight against racism and civil rights, relief after Hurricane Katrina, and, more recently, COVID-19.
Alongside his wife, Beyoncé, Jay-Z is part of the world’s leading couple in terms of power, money, fame, and influence. Both have toured together, made music together, and created new projects for charity and beyond.
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