Jay Z, the name that needs no introduction, is an outstanding rapper, entrepreneur, and record producer from the United States of America. Born as Shawn Corey Carter, Jay-Z is the former CEO of Roc A Fella music label and Def Jam Recordings. The gifted artist co-owns the Brooklyn Nets NBA team and The 40/40 Club. If you ever wish to know the name of the most prosperous and financially well-off hip hop artist, then Jay Z is on top of the list. He has the ability and intellect to make fruitful decisions. His wise decision making has given him a lot of success in the recent past. Today, he is famous for being the most successful businessman from the American hip hop arena.
The rapper is called by different nicknames such as ‘Young Hov’, ‘Jigga’, ‘The Greatest Rapper Alive’, and ‘Hova’. He has gained critical acclaim not just from within the United States, but from all major countries of the world. According to a report published in June 2019, Jay Z is the first billionaire rapper from America. This is what makes him so special. The tall rapper married the love of his life and the queen of the music industry, Beyonce, in 2008. The couple is enjoying their married life with three children. We’ve not heard of any conflicts or irreconcilable differences between the two as yet.
The Billionaire rapper is experienced in the ‘Hip Hop’ style only. All of his musical creations are based on this particular genre. Powerful vocals of the tycoon rapper make listeners fall in love with his beats. Unlike other rap artists, Jay Z remained loyal to just one music label throughout his professional career. All of his songs and albums were recorded and distributed under the sincere leadership of Roc Nation Records. The rapper grew up with a dream in his eyes. He wanted to reach the top of the American music industry. Jay Z had an amazing hidden talent that he unveiled in front of the public and received a wonderful appreciation.
Who are Jay-Z's Parents?
Jigga aka Jay-Z was born on Dec 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York City. He grew up in Marcy Houses built by the New York City Housing Authority. His father, Adnis Reeves, left the family alone and disappeared when they all need him the most. Shawn alongside his three other siblings depended upon his mother. The strong lady raised all four kids without any other financial support. Name of Shawn’s mother is Gloria Carter. His father came back and reconciled with the rapper before his death in 2003.
Jay Z, at the age of twelve, fired his older brother in his shoulder for robbing his favorite jewelry from home. The rapper was full of anger at such events. He went to the Whitney School located in Brooklyn and kept studying there until the school was closed down. Afterward, he went to the Technical Education School and George Westinghouse Career with upcoming rappers named Busta Rhymes and The Notorious B.I.G. Unfortunately, he couldn’t complete his graduation from the Trenton Central School located in Trenton, New Jersey. He started selling cocaine during his school days and received three gunshots in unexpected assaults.
According to Shawn’s mother, the future rapper used to be very mischievous during his childhood. He used to stay awake all night and beat drums on the kitchen table. After seeing the intense passion for music, his mother bought him a portable music player or boom box. He started playing music on it and followed the style of other rappers that he listened to.
Jay Z had a hard time finding a major label to record his music. Unfortunately, no prominent record house was willing to give him a chance to prove his exceptional rap talent. The struggling rapper sold-out CDs from his own car. In 1995, he joined hands with Kareem Burke and Damon Dash to create an independent music label ‘Roc-A-Fella Records’. Soon after establishing a record label, he started working on his debut studio album. On Jun 25, 1996, the American rapper launched his debut music album with title ‘Reasonable Doubt’ through self-created label Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records. This musical collection featured productions by Clark Kent, Ski Nobody, and DJ Premier.
The second studio album from Jay Z was rolled out on Nov 4, 1997, through Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records. It was titled ‘In My Lifetime, Volume 1’. The album received critical acclaim and reached number three position on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. Furthermore, it gained Platinum certification from RIAA. More than 138,000 copies of Jay-Z's 2nd studio album were sold in the first week of launch. He released many other albums including, Hard Knock Life Vol. 2, Life and Times of S Carter Vol. 3, The Blueprint, The Black Album, The Dynasty, American Gangster, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and Kingdom Come.
In 2003, the rapper advertised his S. Carter collection during the promo of Rebook Collection. He has come up as a successful entrepreneur, establishing a fruitful business career from scratch. His business empire includes more than a few industries such as record labels, clothing lines, real estate, beverages, and sports teams. He makes a handsome amount of money from all these business lines.
Jay Z collaborated with Beyonce for a song called “03 Bonnie and Clyde” in 2002. This was the time when started taking interest in each other. The rapper also appeared in Beyonce’s hit musical tracks ‘That’s how you like it’ and ‘Crazy in Love’. After dating each other for more than six years, both of them tied the wedding knot in 2008. The couple has been blessed with three adorable children. The duo has also been listed as the most powerful couple from the American entertainment industry.
How much is Jay-Z 's Net Worth?
Shawn worked hard to become a successful person in life. He tried everything he could to flourish in the music industry. Today, he is the owner of multiple industries ranging from clothing to sports teams. According to authentic information source, he owns a whopping $1 Billion worth of assets as of 2019.