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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, Lizzo + More Play The Meadows 2017: Photos

Lizzo The Meadows
Emily Tan, PopCrush

From Erykah Badu to Tegan and Sara, find out who else performed at the NYC fest over the weekend.

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‘SNL’ Sets Ryan Gosling to Host Season 43 Premiere

SNL Ryan Gosling Season 43 Premiere
NBC

As 'SNL' brings its summer Weekend Update to a close, we have our first official Season 43 host.

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Jay Z Shares His Side of Infamous Fight with Solange: ‘She Is Like My Sister’

Solange and Jay Z
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Jay-Z is finally giving his side of the story about his infamous brawl with Solange after the 2014 Met Gala, saying the two are like siblings, not just in-laws.

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Jay-Z Addresses Kanye Feud: ‘You Can’t Bring My Kid or Wife Into It’

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Jay-Z opened up about his relationship with Kanye West following the rapper's 2016 onstage rant against Jay and Beyonce.

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Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah + More to Play The Meadows After Parties

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Emily Tan

Including a special show to close out NYC's Webster Hall before it's shut down for renovations.

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‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Gets Probation + Pre-Order Your SNES Classic: Pop Bits

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YouTube

Let's check in on the legal situation of everyone's favorite social-media bad girl, plus more celeb news and fun links in this evening's Pop Bits.

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Tickets for Jay-Z’s ‘4:44′ Tour Are Officially on Sale

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Duane Prokop, Getty Images

Jay-Z has announced dates for his '4:44' Tour, and tickets are available for sale on Tidal.

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Jay Z’s ‘4:44′ Producer Reveals Beyonce’s ‘Genius-Level’ Involvement

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No I.D., the producer behind Jay Z's '4:44,' reveals Beyonce was the 'de facto A&R' behind the album.

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Here Are the Names for Bey’s Bouncing Babies!

The 59th GRAMMY Awards - Roaming Show
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Beyonce and Jay-Z filed legal documents to trademark two names (as they're trying to do for their daughter Blue Ivy) on Monday (June 26), and it became apparent the names belong to the newborn twins.

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Jay-Z’s Mom Comes Out Via Rapper’s New Album ‘4:44′

Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony 2016
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Jay-Z's newly released 4:44 album includes a song called "Smile," and it features the spoken word of his mother, Gloria Carter. On the track, Carter publicly comes out as lesbian for the first time. Jay...

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