Jay-Z

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Jay-Z
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Jay-Z at the Shawn Carter Foundation Carnival in September 2011.
Background information
Birth name Shawn Corey Carter
Born Oṣù Kejìlá 4, 1969 (1969-12-04) (ọmọ ọdún 45)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1989–present
Labels Roc Nation
Associated acts Memphis Bleek, Foxy Brown, Big Jaz, The Notorious B.I.G., Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Linkin Park, R. Kelly, Eminem, Big L

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969),[1] better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2010.[2][3] He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving thirteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.[4][5] He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. He was ranked so by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001) are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Blender, included the former on their 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die.[6]


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