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Shawn Corey Carter was born 4 December 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, Carter was a school friend of The Notorious B.I.G.. He first started releasing records in the late 1980s. In 1990, he appeared on records by his close friend, Jaz ("The Originators") and Original Flavor ("Can I Get Open"), and later scored an underground hit single with 1995's "In My Lifetime". Drawing on Jaz's dealings with mercenary labels, Jay-Z set up his own Roc-A-Fella imprint in 1996 with entrepreneur 'Damon Dash' and 'Kareem 'Biggs' Burke'. His debut set, "Reasonable Doubt", which reached US number 23 in July, attracted fans with a mixture of hard-hitting street lyrics and rhymes, epitomized by the collaboration with The Notorious B.I.G. on "Brooklyn's Finest". The follow-up, "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1", was released in the aftermath of The Notorious B.I.G.'s murder, and debuted at US number 3 in November 1997. Featuring guest appearances from Sean Combs (aka "Puff Daddy"), Lil' Kim, Too $hort, Blackstreet and DJ Premier, this sombre and intensely personal album included the stand-out tracks, "You Must Love Me" and "Where I'm From". Although in demand as a guest artist, Jay-Z found the time to write, produce, and direct the semi-autobiographical short, "Streets is Watching". The gold-selling soundtrack introduced several of Roc-A-Fella's rising stars, including Memphis Bleek, Rell and Diamonds N' Ruff, and featured the hit single, "It's Alright". Jay-Z then became a major star with the hit singles, "Can I Get A ... " and "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)", the latter built around a line from the musical, "Annie". One of the more bizarre samples to be used on a hip-hop track, the single nevertheless became an international hit (UK number 2, December 1998/US number 15, March 1999). The album of the same name featured hotshot producer Tim Mosley (aka "Timbaland"), in addition to the usual team of Ski and DJ Premier. Guest rappers included DMX, Foxy Brown and Too $hort, on a package that diluted Jay-Z's hard-hitting lyrical edge in an attempt to corner the crossover market. "Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life" easily succeeded in its aim, staying at US number 1 for five weeks, before finally being deposed by Alanis Morissette's new album. Despite a hectic schedule as a guest producer/writer and rapper, Jay-Z still found the time to enter the studio and record tracks for his new album. Released in December 1999, "Vol. 3: The Life and Times Of S. Carter" confirmed his status as one of hip-hop's most popular artists when it topped the album charts the following month. The following year's "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000", another US chart-topper, was originally planned as a supergroup collaboration with fellow Roc-A-Fella rappers Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and Amil.  See full bio on IMDb »

Jay Z Sues -- Reasonable Doubt ... Tidal Lied to Get More Cash Outta Me

Jay Z Sues
Reasonable Doubt Tidal Lied to Get More Cash

Jay Z is suing the former owners and execs of Tidal for $15 million claiming they grossly exaggerated their subscribers while luring him in for the purchase.  According to reports, Jay Z was… READ MORE >

Todd Gurley -- Destroys TMZ Camera Guy ... In $100 Jay Z Bet (VIDEO)

Todd Gurley
Destroys TMZ Camera Guy ... In $100 Jay Z Bet

How well does Todd Gurley know his Roc Nation boss Jay Z? Enough that he can destroy a TMZ camera guy who thought the Rams running back might be light on hip-hop knowledge. Gurley was at LAX… READ MORE >

- 108 days ago
Beyonce, Jay Z -- Happy Birthday to Someone (PHOTO)

Beyonce, Jay Z
Happy Birthday to Someone

Beyonce and Jay Z showed up Saturday to a big birthday bash in Bev Hills, but the birthday kid remains a mystery. Bey and Jay, along with Blue Ivy, showed up at Giggles and Hugs for the party,… READ MORE >

- 125 days ago
Kanye West -- Album Sales Saving Tidal ... Membership Doubles

Kanye West
Album Saving Tidal ... Membership Doubles

Kanye West just did Jay Z a HUGE favor -- his new album put Tidal back in the game by giving the music service a huge financial shot in the arm. Sources connected to Tidal tell TMZ ... "The Life… READ MORE >

- 130 days ago
Beyonce, Jay Z, Kendrick ... Famous Fans Flock to Watch Clippers Heartbreaker

Beyonce, Jay Z, Kendrick
Famous Fans Flock To Watch Clippers Heartbreaker

The Clippers lost Saturday to a star-studded crowd. It was like the Lakers in their heyday.  Jamie Foxx, Kendrick Lamar, Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled showed up with high hopes. Beyonce and… READ MORE >

- 132 days ago
Jay Z, Beyonce -- Vipers for a Night (VIDEO)

Jay Z, Beyonce
Vipers for a Night

Jay Z and Beyonce hit the town Tuesday, first dining at fancy schmancy Osteria Mozza and then beelining it for the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip.  Bey was mum on the blistering criticism… READ MORE >

- 136 days ago
Jay Z -- Best Reaction To '14 Year Drug Dealer' Slam (VIDEO)

Jay Z
Best Reaction To '14 Yr Drug Dealer' Slam

Jay Z finally responded to online anchor Tomi Lahren's attack on Beyonce's halftime show and his criminal past ... and it's awesome.  Lahren's rant went viral when she called out… READ MORE >

- 141 days ago
Gwyneth Paltrow & Jay Z -- Supportive Spouses During Super Bowl Halftime

Gwyneth Paltrow & Jay Z
Supportive Spouses During Super Bowl Halftime

Gwyneth Paltrow and Jay Z fanboyed/girled out while their spouses did their thing during the Super Bowl halftime show. As Chris Martin and Beyonce hit the field, Gwyneth and Jay… READ MORE >

- 145 days ago
Jay Z's Company Sues Rita Ora -- We Didn't Screw You, You Screwed Us

Jay Z's Company Sues Rita Ora
We Didn't Screw You You Screwed Us

Roc Nation, the music label run by Jay Z, is now suing Rita Ora. The label claims it signed Rita in 2008 when she was unknown and invested millions in her career. In return she had to deliver… READ MORE >

- 152 days ago
Minecraft Creator -- Giving Away Michael Jackson Leftovers ... Found in $70 Million Pad (PHOTOS)

Minecraft Creator
Giving Away MJ Leftovers ... Found in $70 Million Pad

Minecraft creator Markus Persson is simply giving away a bunch of stuff, including Michael Jackson memorabilia that was left behind in his insane Bev Hills mansion.  Not only… READ MORE >

- 156 days ago

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