Jay Z


Jay-Z performs at a Barack Obama campaign event

Jay Z isn't just a hip-hop artist, he is hip-hop. Over two decades he's redefined the genre, including on his latest album 'Holy Carta Magna Grail'.

When was Jay Z born?

  • He was born on 4th December 1969 in Brooklyn, New York City.

What is Jay Z's real name?

  • His real name is Shawn Corey Carter.

When did he start his career?

  • Despite gaining attention on the underground hip-hop scene, Jay Z struggled to secure a record deal and instead setup Rock-A-Fella Records with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs in 1995.
  • He released his seminal debut album 'Reasonable Doubt' in 1996.
What are Jay-Z's career highlights?
  • In 1998, Jay Z released 'Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life', which spawned his biggest career hit to date, 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)'.
  • In 2001, Jay Z released one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in history, 'The Blueprint', which was the first of a three-part triology.
  • In 2004, Jay Z was named president of Def Jam Records.
  • In 2009, Jay Z setup Roc Nation, a 360 entertainment company, which has since branched out into sports.
  • In 2011, Jay Z collaborated with his good friend Kanye West on 'Watch The Throne', which saw the pair head out together on a worldwide tour.
  • Jay Z released his 12th studio album 'Holy Carta Magna Grail' in 2013.
  • The rapper is married to Beyonce and the couple have one daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

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