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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 and Beyonce Honor Family Members During GLAAD Media Awards Speech

Jay-Z & Beyonce
Emotional Speeches Honor Family ... At GLAAD Media Awards

Jay-Z and Beyonce added another award to their mantle, but this one was highly personal ... and incredibly emotional. The power couple received the Vanguard Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD… READ MORE >

Beyonce and Jay-Z Didn't Pay for Meghan Markle Painting, But It's Okay

Beyonce & Jay-Z
Didn't Drop $$ for Meghan Painting ... But Artist Says It's Cool!!!

The artist behind a Meghan Markle painting Beyonce and Jay-Z used during the Brit Awards says they never got his permission, nor did they pay him a cent -- but he's… READ MORE >

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Jay-Z Calls 21 Savage Arrest a 'Travesty,' Roc Nation Hires Him Legal Help

Free 21 Savage!!! Roc Nation Hires Legal Help

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- 75 days ago
Kanye West Sues Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI Publishing

Sues Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI

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- 87 days ago
Jay-Z, Meek Mill Launch Criminal Justice Reform Org, Reform Alliance

Jay-Z & Meek Mill
Launch Reform Alliance ... To 'Fight Different' & Fix Criminal Justice System

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- 89 days ago
Jay-Z Sits Courtside at Duke Game, Recruiting Zion to Roc Nation?

Courtside at Duke Hoops Game ... Recruiting Zion?

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- 89 days ago
Most R. Kelly Collabs Untouched on Streaming Services, Including 2 Jay-Z Albums

R. Kelly
Most Collabs Still Streaming ... Including 2 Jay-Z Albums

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- 98 days ago
Beyonce Dropped Just Over $10k for Vow Renewal Dress

Didn't Break the Bank on Vow Renewal Dress ... Just a Mere $10k

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- 108 days ago
Jay-Z Takes Direct Shots at Trump on Meek Mill Track, Many Think It's a Kanye Jab

'What's Free' Lyrics Aim at Trump ... Don't Pit Me Against Ye!!!

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- 143 days ago
Jay-Z Demands African-American Arbitrator in Dispute Over Roc Nation Logo

I Demand a Black Arbitrator To Handle Roc Nation Logo Dispute

4:00 PM PT -- The judge has granted the TRO, staying the arbitration until the next court date. Spiro tells TMZ that the order "is a victory for everyone."To paraphrase Spike Lee's "Do the… READ MORE >

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