Celebrity News: Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York), better known as Jay-Z or by a variety of nicknames is a rapper and current president and CEO of Def Jam, which has a net work value of $ 900 million dollars.
He has been one of the most prolific and successful rappers during the late 1990s and early 1900s. In a recent list of MTV compiled by hip hop critics, Jay-Z was ranked as the fourth best MC of all time, only surpassed by Rakim, The Notorious B.I.G. And Tupac Shakur.
Known for his skillful use of metaphor, his freestyle skills, his clever wordplay, and the combination of street and hip hop, Jay-Z became one of the industry’s most respected rappers before his retirement in 2003 It is said to compose songs from memory without the need for paper and pencil.
He is one of the founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, a hip hop record label that helped launch races by artists such as Beanie Sigel, Kanye West, Memphis Bleek, Young Gunz, Freeway and Teairra Mari. In 2005, it was estimated that its fortune amounted to 320 million dollars.
Originally from the Marcy Houses housing complexes in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Shawn Carter was abandoned by his father, Adam Reeves when he was twelve, so his mother, Gloria Carter, had to take care of him alone .
He went to the George Westinghouse Institutes in Downtown Brooklyn and Central Trenton in Trenton, New Jersey, but failed to graduate. He started selling drugs on the streets of New York at Marcy Projects. In addition, Jay-Z has said in its lyrics that it has also sold drugs in Virginia and Maryland.
He began to edit records in the late 80’s, financing his music in part with bursts. In 1990 he made his first appearances on an album by his friend Jaz (“The Originators”) and Original Flavor (“Can I Get Open”).
He later achieved success in underground circuits with “In My Lifetime” in 1995.
Following in the footsteps of Jaz in the world of mercenary record labels, Jay-Z founded his own label, Roc-A-Fella Records, in 1996 with entrepreneur Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. His debut album, Reasonable Doubt, reached the gold record and he extracted the single “Is not No Nigga / Dead Presidents”, which reached number 50 on the pop charts, and where he sang a duet with Foxy Brown , Who would become a rap star.
Notorious B.I.G., collaborated with Jay-Z on “Brooklyn’s Finest.” His next album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 produced by the late Jay-Z and his great friend Sean Puffy Combs, was released immediately after the assassination of Notorious B.I.G., and reached number 3 in the United States in November 1997.
Jay-Z found time to write, produce and direct the autobiographical short film “Streets Is Watching.” In the soundtrack, it was gold record. Despite his busy schedule as a guest producer, writer and rapper, Jay-Z continued to find time to enter the studio and record songs for his new album. Vol 3, edited in December 1999, Life and Times of S. Carter, confirmed his status as one of the most popular rappers.
On November 6, 2007 appears a new work of Jay-Z, the album “American Gangster”. Jay-Z wrote this album after seeing the film of the same title of the director Ridley Scott, who was the inspiration for his new songs. So much so, that it is said that Jay-Z had some monitors in the recording of the disc in which he was visualizing sequences of the film while recording the subjects.
On April 4, 2008, Jay Z gets married to Beyoncé at a private ceremony in Paris attended by a small and select group of friends, including Rihanna, Chris Martin and Chris Brown.
In 2009 Jay Z announces that he leaves Def Jam to create a new music label, Roc Nation, in conjunction with Live Nation.
Watch The Throne
In 2011 Jay Z publishes the album “Watch The Throne”, which has the collaboration of Kanye West. Although in principle it was going to be an EP of five songs, it finally extended the recording until the twelve songs that compose the original album. In addition, a single, “H • A • M” was posted, which only appeared in the extended version.
January 7, 2012 is born Blue Ivy Carter Knowles, the first daughter fruit of the relationship between rapper and singer Beyoncé. To celebrate, Jay-Z published a topic dedicated to his daughter through the internet, “Glory”, which also spoke of the pregnancy of his wife and included the first cry of the girl.