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Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay Z, was born on December 4, 1969. He was raised in housing projects in Brooklyn by his mom, Gloria Carter. When he was 9, his uncle was fatally stabbed and his dad soon got involved with drugs and abandoned his family two years later. At age 12, Carter shot his older brother Eric and as a teenager, he began dealing drugs, but eventually turned to music to turn his life around. Early in his career, though, the rapper was involved in an altercation at a nightclub and got arrested for assault. He has since released countless records, including “4:44,” “The Blueprint,” and “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” toured the world, won Grammys, and became the first hip-hop artist to get inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. Carter has also served as president of Def Jam records, is the majority owner of the 40/40 sports clubs, represents athletes signed to his agency Roc Nation Sports, launched a music streaming service called Tidal in 2015, founded the Rocawear clothing line, and owned stakes in the Nets NBA team and Barclays Center arena in his hometown of Brooklyn. In 2002, he established the Shawn Carter Foundation to help people facing financial hardships further their education. Shawn Carter Scholars have gone on to enroll in colleges. Carter married wife Beyonce Knowles in 2008. They became parents to daughter Blue Ivy on January 7, 2012 and twins, Sir and Rumi, on June 13, 2017. Carter has faced criticism for reportedly cheating on Beyonce with “Becky with the good hair,” as depicted in Beyonce’s song “Sorry” off her “Lemonade” album.

Jay-Z Rubs Cardi B's Baby Bump During Beyonce's Coachella Set

Blesses Cardi B's Baby Bump ... During Bey's Coachella Set

Jay-Z appeared to give Cardi B and her forthcoming baby his blessing this weekend during round 2 of Beyonce's Coachella set ... a belly rub and prayer hands says as much, anyway. Jay was spotted… READ MORE >

Todd Gurley to Dez Bryant: 'Come to the Rams!'

Todd Gurley
Hey, Dez Bryant ... 'Come to the Rams!'

Todd Gurley ain't wasting any time recruiting the newest top WR in free agency -- sending a message to Dez Bryant, "Come to the Rams!" "I'd love to have Dez, man," Gurley told us at LAX moments… READ MORE >

- 70 days ago
Beyonce & Jay-Z Majorly Beefing up Security at Bel-Air Mansion

Beyonce & Jay-Z
Got 99 Problems A Fortress Ain't One!!!

Beyonce and Jay-Z have their sights set on an impenetrable security compound ... and a comfortable one at that. Bey and Jay wanna build a new 10-car carport and 2-car garage,… READ MORE >

- 76 days ago
Beyonce and Jay-Z Wear Colorful Suits on Beach in Jamaica

Beyonce & Jay-Z
So Fly ... For Jamaican Photo Shoot

Beyonce and Jay-Z are Jamaican us jealous ... looking so calm, cool and colorful with their toes in the sand. The heavyweight hip-hop couple posed for hot pics together Friday wearing striking… READ MORE >

- 90 days ago
Jay-Z Hints at Champagne Bottle Named in Honor of Sir & Rumi

Jigga Wants Ya to Chug His Twins!!!

Jay-Z's thinking money when he sees twins ... Sorry, Sir and Rumi, but it's true. Hova's champagne company, Ace Of Spades, filed docs back in November -- and recently obtained by TMZ -- to… READ MORE >

- 91 days ago
Beyonce and Jay-Z Grabbing Bull by the Horns in Jamaica

Beyonce & Jay-Z
Mess with Us in Jamaica ... You'll Get the Horns!!!

Jay-Z and Beyonce are still ride or die for each other on a sick motorcycle down in Jamaica ... and that's no bull. Hip-hop's dynamic duo's been on Jamrock shooting what we're told will be… READ MORE >

- 91 days ago
Beyonce and Jay-Z Take Motorcycle Ride Through Jamaican Streets

Beyonce and Jay-Z
Already On the Run ... Again In Bob Marley's 'Hood

Beyonce and Jay-Z just proved it again ... their day at the office is way better than yours. We got these shots of the couple doing a motorcycle tour through Kingston, Jamaica. Jay's at the… READ MORE >

- 94 days ago
Meek Mill Phones In to Reform Philly Rally from Jail

Meek Mill
Phones In To Philly Rally ... Straight From Jail

Meek Mill made an appearance at a rally thrown for him in Philly this week -- but he did it from behind bars ... and over the phone. The rapper phoned in to the Reform Philly rally Tuesday… READ MORE >

- 101 days ago
Jermall Charlo Bag Thief Suspect Arrested, Jewelry Recovered

Jermall Charlo
Bag Thief Suspect Arrested

A woman suspected of jacking a Louis Vuitton bag filled with cash and jewelry from pro boxer Jermall Charlo has been arrested for grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property ... TMZ… READ MORE >

- 108 days ago
Dame Dash's Boxing Coach Says Jay-Z Couldn't Fight

Dame Dash's Boxing Coach
Jay-Z Fought Like Pee-Wee Herman 'He Got Waxed'

In this edition of "They Said It, We Didn't," Damon Dash's boxing coach is giving his unfiltered opinion on Jay-Z in the ring ... and according to him, Hov fought "like Pee-wee Herman." Dash… READ MORE >

- 115 days ago
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