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Modern day renaissance man Jay Z (born Shawn Corey Carter, on December 4, 1969) has achieved almost unparalleled success as a recording artist, music executive, versatile businessman, and all around entertainment industry mogul. Raised in the notorious Marcy Housing Projects in Brooklyn, New York, Jay Z gradually came up through the East Coast hip hop ranks alongside other major names like The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. In 1995, frustrated by the persistent disinterest of major labels, the rapper founded his own independent imprint, the soon-to-be influential Roc-A-Fella, and with the arrival of his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt, Jay’s career took off like a shot. Several of his ensuing releases, including 1998’s Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, 2001’s The Blueprint and 2003’s The Black Album, are widely celebrated benchmarks in the history of hip hop and popular music, in general; and no other solo artist has delivered more number one albums into the Billboard charts than Jay Z’s thirteen. In tandem with these musical accomplishments, Jay Z continually expanded his business interests, first as an executive at Def Jam Recordings, and then via his Rocawear fashion line, the entertainment talent agency Roc Nation, and as part owner of the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise. In 2008, Jay Z married pop diva Beyonce to form music’s number one power couple, and their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, was born in January of 2012. As of this writing, Jay Z’s 100 million albums sold rank him among the best-selling artists of all time, and have earned 21 Grammy Awards, 10 MTV Music Video Awards, and countless other prizes around the world.

Selected discography: 'Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life' (1998), 'The Blueprint' (2001), 'The Black Album' (2003)
Related artists: Beyonce, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj

Jay Z Drops Song About Police Brutality Following Castile + Sterling Deaths

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Harry How, Getty Images

"I am not poison / No I am not poison / Just a boy from the hood / That got my hands in the air in despair / Don't shoot / I just wanna do good," Jay Z raps on the emotional track.

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Apple Is Reportedly in Talks to Purchase Tidal From Jay Z

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

According to the Wall Street Journal, the two companies are in early discussions about a potential acquisition.

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Beyonce + Jay Z Concocted ‘Lemonade’ Plot to Sell Records, Source Claims

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Al Bello, Getty Images

'Becky' is a composite of different women, and Bey and Jay made the whole thing up for sales. Sort of. What?

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Jay Z and Tidal Facing $5 Million Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

The band The American Dollar is suing for unpaid royalties and copyright infringement.

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Beyonce to Release Not One, But Two Albums in 2016?

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According to reports, 2016 will bring a double dose of Beyoncé.

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Your PopCrush-Approved Super Bowl Playlist: Jay Z, Queen + More

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Mike Windle, Getty Images

Betweeen offerings from Rihanna and Queen, these tunes are sure to get you revved up.

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Stars Who Were Born Poor

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Find out who started out with barely anything before becoming a star.

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Jay Z Claims He Can Make Solo Harry Styles the ‘Biggest Artist in the World’

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Jay Z wants "get Styles to working with the bigger artists and bigger producers," according to recent comments.

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Rita Ora’s Feud With Rihanna Reportedly Fueled Her Roc Nation Lawsuit

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Looks like Rita Ora will be singing "BBHMM" to Rihanna if this lawsuit goes through.

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Rita Ora Sues Roc Nation, Says Her Projects Are Self-Funded

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Anthony Harvey, Getty Images

Ora claims her "relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged" and explains why she wants to leave Jay Z's label.

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