Jay-Z is an American rapper, producer, and songwriter. Jay-Z’s real name is Shawn Corey Carter. He grew up in Brooklyn, a locality that was extremely infested with drug Marcy Projects. Therefore, he used rapping as an escape and appeared on Yo! MTV Raps in 1989 for the first time.
Jay-Z sold millions of records while on the Roc-a-Fella label. Later, he left the label and created his own where he founded an entertainment company.
Jay-Z was born on 4th December 1969.
So, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is the last born in a family of four children. His mother’s name is Gloria Carter. His father, who was Adnes Reeves, abandoned the family when Jay-Z was 11 years old. Jay-Z had a rough adolescent stage as a result of the nature of where he was growing up.
In an interview, he said that in many of the autobiographical songs he has, he dealt drugs and flirted with gun violence. He attended several high schools, which includes George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in downtown Brooklyn.
There, he became a classmate to the rap legend Notorious B.I.G. In one of his songs by the name December 4th, he says, “ I went to school, got good grades, could behave when I wanted, But I had demons deep inside that would raise when confronted”.
Jay-Z’s Wife Beyonce
Jay-Z likes to keep his life private. Therefore, during an interview, he refused to discuss his relationship publicly with his longtime girlfriend who is a popular singer and actress Beyoncé. Also, during their small wedding in New York City on 4th, April 2008.
Actually, it was attended by only about 40 people. These included his penthouse apartment, including actress Gwyneth Paltrow and former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland, and also Michelle Williams. The two welcomed their firstborn daughter by the name Blue Ivy Carter, on January 7th, 2012. Shortly after the arrival of their firstborn, released a song by the name, “Glory” to honor her.
In the song, he was expressing his joy of being a father and also revealed that his wife had previously gotten a miscarriage
Again, in February 2017, Beyoncé took to her social media Instagram that they were expecting twins. They welcomed the twins, a boy, and a girl, in June 2017. However, the two did not confirm immediately about their birth and names. It was known through a report by People magazine that they had filed some trademark documents at the US Patent and Trademark Office for the names Sir and Rumi.
This was confirmed early morning hours of July 14 when Beyoncé made it official. She posted a photo and said she held their 1-month-old twins.
Career and fame
Jay-Z stayed very active in the music industry. He made a collaboration with the rock group Link Park in the year 2004. He appeared as the guest vocalist on the recordings of several other artists. This includes Kanye West, and also Beyoncé. By then they had started dating.
Jay-Z had also started developing a big portfolio in business venturing and investments. This includes his film production company, a clothing line, and the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. Shortly after his release of the album American Gangster in 2007, decided to step down as Def Jam president. So, founded a new label by the name Roc Nation in the year 2008.
In 2009, he released The Blueprint 3, which had some sound of his frequent producers, like West and Timbaland. He also had an album that generated hits such as “Empire State of Mind,” which was a musical love letter to New York City. It was featuring guest vocals by Alicia Keys, and “Run This Town,” which featured West and Rihanna. The two songs won Grammy awards.
Jay-Z’s Net Worth is about $1.6 Billion US Dollars, as gotten from Forbes. His annual income exceeds $150 Million and he owns Assets and Investments worth $850 Million.
Some of his songs are;
- Big Pimpim.
- Young forever.
- Niggas in Paris.
- Dirt off your shoulder
- This can’t be life.
- hard knock life.
- What we do.