Brooklyn, NY, USA
School: Eli Whitney High School, George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, Trenton Central High School
Work: Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, The Blueprint, The Best of Both Worlds, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam, Roc Nation
Links: Facebook, lifeandtimes.com
Born December 4, 1969, Shawn Corey Carter is a professional American rap artist / producer / business person. Raised in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, New York, “Jazzy” (later shortened to Jay-Z) founded his own label, Roc-a-Fella Records, to create his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt.
The 19-time Grammy Award winner (1999, 2004 x 2, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 x 3, 2011 x 3, 2012, 2013 x 3, 2014 x 2) had the #1 Selling Solo Album on the Billboard 200, 11 times (1 more than Elvis Presley) and was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Artists (2010). He is the co-owner / co-founder of Rocawear clothing, entertainment company Roc Nation and sports management Roc Nation Sports. On April 4, 2008 he married Beyoncé Knowles.
Jay-Z has supported the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, PlayPumps International, Robin Hood and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
“…you have to either know how to deal with that situation, or it deals with you.”