Jay-Z

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Jay-Z

Born

12/4/1969, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Shawn Corey Carter

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Jiggy, Shawn Carter, Hov, Jigga Man, Jazzy, Jigga, Hova, S. Carter
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8.8
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User Rating
36 votes

Biography

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Jay-Z is considered one of the best hip-hop artists of his time. His lyrics, combined with his beats stand him out with the best of the best. His feud with another hip-hop great, Nas, helped bring rap back from the glory days developed by 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G.more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008 Jay-Z and Beyoncé were named Hollywood's highest-earning couple by Forbes. The couple were stated as being worth $162 million.

    • Jay-Z's height is 6'1" (1.85 meters).

    • Jay-Z's top friends are: Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, The Neptunes, and Foxy Brown.

    • Jay-Z featured Chris Martin from the band Coldplay, to add the song Beach Chair to his 2006 album Kingdom Come. The song was produced by Chris Martin.

    • During August 2008, some of Jay-Z's extravagances during a stay in Africa included a watermelon carved into the shape of Beyoncé's chest, with cherries acting as nipples.

    • Jay-Z was listed at #9 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.

    • As of 2007, Jay-Z has been nominated for 20 Grammy Awards, eight of those collaborations. Of these nominations, he has six Grammy wins.

    • American Gangster, Jay-Z's 2007 album, is a "concept" album, inspired by the Denzel Washington movie of the same name. After seeing an advanced screening of the movie, Jay-Z was inspired to make the album.

    • Jay-Z retired in 2003, only to come back with the hit album Kingdom Come in 2006. His next album American Gangster is set to be released in November 2007.

    • Jay-Z got the Hard Knock Life chorus from the Broadway play Annie.

    • Jay-Z was a high school friend of the Notorious B.I.G..

    • Jay-Z's song Can I Live? samples The Look Of Love by Issac Hayes.

    • Jay-Z's album The Blueprint was released on the tragic day of September 11, 2001. It's a coincidence that it is called The Blueprint. A blueprint is the architectural plan or design for a building or skyscraper before it is built.

    • Jay-Z appears on Fall Out Boy's song Thriller from their album Infinity On High.

    • Beyoncé's father does not like Jay-Z.

    • In 2004, Jay-Z's request to be knighted was turned down by Prince Charles.

    • In 2004, Jay-Z received an award from Prince Charles in London for his contribution to UK music.

    • In 2004, R. Kelly sued Jay-Z for $75 million after he was kicked off their tour.

    • Jay-Z often spoke of his nephews in his music, including tributes in hits U Don't Know, Sunshine, Anything and Lost One.

    • In 2005, Jay-Z lost his nephew in a car crash. He was driving a Chrysler 300 given to him by Jay-Z for a graduation present.

    • Jay-Z and P. Diddy joined forces to donate $1.3 million to Hurricane Katrina victims.

    • On Beyoncé's 24th birthday, Jay-Z spent more than $1 million on a diamond ring and watch for her.

    • Jay-Z is worth a reported $182.1 million.

    • In 2005, Jay-Z was turned away from the Kabaret Prophecy club in London for having too big of an entourage.

    • Damon Wayans request to patent the controversial word that rhymes with Jay-Z's trademark persona "Jigga" was rejected by the U.S. patent office.

    • Jay-Z is being sued by ex-WWF wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, for using his Diamond Cutter symbol. Apparently DDP had used that symbol with his hands while he was wrestling and it is on his book. When Jay-Z began using it to symbolize his dynasty, DDP got mad.

    • Jay-Z was named the greatest hip-hop MC of all time by MTV.

    • Jay-Z has called for a boycott of expensive Cristal champagne. The call comes after the managing director of Louis Roederer, the company that produces Cristal, described the hip-hop community's patronage as 'unwelcome attention'.

    • Jay-Z is part-majority owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets. He has decided to move them to Brooklyn, New York, his hometown. They will be called the Brooklyn Nets.

    • Jay-Z is the President of Def Jam Records. During his first year as President Def Jam struck gold with Mariah Carey, Young Jeezy, NE-YO, and Rihanna.

    • Jay-Z is the CEO, owner, and founder of his own record label, Roc-a-Fella Records.

  • Quotes

    • Jay-Z: (On his book Decoded and how some rappers should be respected as poets) Some of the things that Biggie wrote,... ...if you take those lyrics and pull them away from the music and put them up on the wall somewhere and someone had to look at them they would say, 'This is genius…this is genius work.

    • Jay-Z: I'd rather die enormous than live dormant.

    • Jay-Z: I think relationships are broken up because of the media.

    • Jay-Z: I'm far from being god, but I work god damn hard.

    • Jay-Z: No matter where you go, you are what you are playa.

    • Jay-Z: The average rap life is two or three albums. You're lucky to get to your second album in rap.

    • Jay-Z: I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.

    • Jay-Z: He who does not feel me is not real to me, therefore he does not exist. So, poof... vamoose, son of a bi***.

    • Jay-Z: Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that it's attainable. I didn't do it any other way than through hip-hop.

    • Jay-Z: I carry my nephews like my sons, always have, and they have filled that void for me.

    • Jay-Z: I have inherited two of the most important brands in hip-hop, Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella. Reid and Universal Music Group have given me the opportunity to manage the companies I have contributed to my whole career. I feel this is a giant step for me and the entire artist community.

    • Jay-Z: I can think of no one more relevant and credible in the hip-hop community to build upon Def Jam's fantastic legacy and move the company into its next groundbreaking era.

    • Jay-Z: (with Beyoncé standing next to him) This woman beside me is my best friend. I love her so much and I will marry her very soon.

    • Jay-Z: (about his father, Adnes Reeves) He wasn't around for me from the age of 12. At that time, I just thought about myself and how him not being there affected me. Since then, I discovered he was going through a lot himself. It was a real learning curve.

    • Jay-Z: (On writing about his life story) It's harder than I expected. It's not something you can rush.

    • Jay-Z: (On New Orleans) This is our community. When I turn on CNN, I see a lot of black people on the streets. I know it's other people too, but those projects have been hit hard.

    • Jay-Z: They say a midget standing on a giant's shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Has a lot to rap about

    7.0
    He comes off hardcore in his songs, but his performances don't hold up to the vibe you get unless you really listen to his lyrics. His colloboration choices are good, and he's unique. Good stage presence, but could be better.
  • one of the greatest of all time

    8.5
    i listed to rap from the 90s and listed to rap from the 80s so i have listend to alot of rap. jay z is one of the all time greats he has sold muliple platium alubms and owns part of a basketball team and clothing line and has a done so much for rap. he has made countless good songs and has made hundreads of millions of dollars. and his stlye of rap music brings me back to the B.I.G days he respected the notorious as being the best mc. but i do think jay z is up there in the top 2 of the list of the greastest mcsmoreless
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