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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop artists of all time. He was the CEO of Def Jam Recordings and he has been central to the creative and commercial success of artists including Kanye West, Rihanna, and J. Cole.Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z first began his musical career in the late 1980s; he co-founded the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995 and released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. The album was released to widespread critical success, and solidified his standing in the music industry. He went on to release twelve additional albums, including the acclaimed albums The Blueprint (2001), The Black Album (2003), American Gangster (2007), and 4:44 (2017). He also released the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne (2011) with Kanye West and Everything Is Love (2018) with his wife Beyoncé, respectively.Through his business ventures Jay-Z has become a billionaire. In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, and in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million-dollar corporations, and allowed him to start up the entertainment company Roc Nation in 2008. In 2015, he acquired the tech company Aspiro and took charge of their media streaming service Tidal. In 2020, he launched "Monogram", a line of cannabis products.One of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 140 million records sold, Jay-Z has won 24 Grammy Awards, the joint-most Grammy awards of any rapper along with Kanye West. Jay-Z also holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 (14). Additionally, he is a recipient of the NAACP's President's Award, as well as an Emmy Award; and has been nominated for a Tony Award. Ranked by Billboard and Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Jay-Z was the first rapper honored in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the first solo living rapper inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2013, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Articles

June 14, 2022

JAY-Z and Damon Dash Settle Reasonable Doubt Lawsuits

The joint stipulation declares that Dash—or any other Roc-A-Fella shareholder—may not mint NFTs without authorization

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June 9, 2022

JAY-Z, Jack Dorsey Announce ‘Bitcoin Academy’ Educational Initiative for Marcy Residents

The program will consist of a 12-week educational course for residents of the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, where JAY grew up.

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April 6, 2022

Rihanna, JAY-Z and Kanye West Crack ‘Forbes’ Billionaires List

The music trio are among the world’s super-rich, an annual list of 2,668 billionaires that’s constantly shifting.

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December 16, 2021

Rick Ross says ‘VERZUZ’ battle with JAY-Z is “a possibility”

He said it would be more a celebration than a battle, calling the legendary rapper a "one-of-one" The post Rick Ross says ‘VERZUZ’ battle with JAY-Z is “a possibility” appeared first on NME.

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December 7, 2021

Pharrell on JAY-Z’s creative process: “He’s an odd guy”

The N.E.R.D and Neptunes hitmaker revealed that the Roc Nation rapper "writes in falsetto" The post Pharrell on JAY-Z’s creative process: “He’s an odd guy” appeared first on NME.

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October 12, 2021

Jay-Z’s VC Firm Makes Investment to Help Create the Metaverse

Marcy Venture Partners (MVP), the venture capital firm co-founded by Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Roc Nation vice-chairman Jay Brown, and longtime venture capitalist Larry Marcus, is investing in spatial LABS (sLABS), a tech incubator with a focus on the metaverse and blockchain-based products, the company tells Billboard.

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September 3, 2021

Drake Releases New Album Certified Lover Boy: Listen

Featuring JAY-Z, Future, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, Lil Baby, and more

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July 26, 2021

Kanye West’s New Album Donda Will Be Released August 6, A Rep Confirms

West premiered the album at a livestreamed event in Atlanta. The songs he played featured JAY-Z, Pop Smoke, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Lil Baby, and more.

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July 15, 2021

Damon Dash Files Lawsuit Against JAY-Z Over Reasonable Doubt Streaming Rights

Roc-A-Fella Records recently sued Dash (the label’s co-founder) for attempting to auction the 1996 album as an NFT

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July 11, 2021

Barack Obama Shares 2021 Summer Playlist: Jazmine Sullivan, Arooj Aftab, Wye Oak, More

Plus Migos, Joni Mitchell, Rihanna, JAY-Z, Chicago, Erykah Badu, George Harrison, and others

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June 25, 2021

JAY-Z Auctioning Reasonable Doubt NFT at Sotheby’s

Roc-A-Fella Records recently barred co-founder Dame Dash from selling his own NFT of the 1996 album

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June 20, 2021

Roc-A-Fella sues Damon Dash over attempted sale of JAY-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ as an NFT

Dash co-founded the famous rap label with JAY-Z and Kareem "Biggs" Burke The post Roc-A-Fella sues Damon Dash over attempted sale of JAY-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ as an NFT appeared first on NME.

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June 20, 2021

Roc-A-Fella Sues Damon Dash Over NFT of JAY-Z’s Reasonable Doubt

Roc-A-Fella states that co-founder Dash cannot legally sell the 1996 LP as a non-fungible token since the rights to the album belong to the label

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June 14, 2021

Made in America Festival 2021 Lineup: Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Justin Bieber, and More

Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Ferg, Bobby Shmurda, Tinashe, and others are set for the two-day, JAY-Z–curated event

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May 31, 2021

Timbaland & Swizz Beatz’ VERZUZ Rematch: Here’s What Happened

The founders of the popular head-to-head series played songs by Aaliyah, DMX, Missy Elliott, JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and more

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May 30, 2021

JAY-Z recalls “deafening” first arena performance with DMX

The Roc Nation rapper was a little intimidated by just how good X's live show was The post JAY-Z recalls “deafening” first arena performance with DMX appeared first on NME.

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May 9, 2021

JAY-Z reportedly files trademark for TV and film production company

Is Hov about to follow in the footsteps of 50 Cent, Spike Lee and Lebron James? The post JAY-Z reportedly files trademark for TV and film production company appeared first on NME.

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May 3, 2021

JAY-Z closes deal to sell TIDAL to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey

The final figure is reported to worth $350 million The post JAY-Z closes deal to sell TIDAL to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey appeared first on NME.

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February 18, 2021

Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album

The soundtrack to the Shaka King-directed film, featuring heavyweights like JAY-Z and Nas alongside newer stars like Polo G and Pooh Shiesty, exploits Hampton’s image to peddle liberation-lite Billboard hits.

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Discs

Neck & Wrist

April 6, 2022

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SORRY NOT SORRY (feat. Nas, JAY-Z & James Fauntleroy) [Harmonies by The Hive]

April 28, 2021

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What It Feels Like

February 12, 2021

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Entrepreneur (feat. JAY-Z)

August 21, 2020

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4:44

July 7, 2017

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All The Way Up (Remix) (feat. French Montana & Infared) - Single

May 27, 2016

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Magna Carta... Holy Grail

July 4, 2013

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Watch The Throne

August 8, 2011

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Watch The Throne (Deluxe)

August 8, 2011

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The Blueprint 3

September 8, 2009

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The Blueprint Collector's Edition (Explicit Version)

September 8, 2009

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Swagga Like Us

September 6, 2008

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American Gangster Acappella

November 6, 2007

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American Gangster

November 6, 2007

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Blue Magic

September 20, 2007

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Live From The Hangar Tour

January 2, 2007

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Kingdom Come

November 21, 2006

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Numb / Encore: MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Collision Course

November 30, 2004

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Collision Course

November 30, 2004

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Collision Course (Deluxe Version)

November 30, 2004

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Dirt Off Your Shoulde r/ Lying From You: MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Collision Course

November 23, 2004

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Storm

August 14, 2004

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Frontin' On Debra (DJ Reset Mash Up)

January 1, 2004

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The Black Album

November 14, 2003

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Blueprint 2.1

April 8, 2003

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The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

November 12, 2002

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The Blueprint 2 The Gift & The Curse

November 12, 2002

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Jay-Z Unplugged

December 18, 2001

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Jay-Z Unplugged (Live On MTV Unplugged / 2001)

December 18, 2001

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The Blueprint (Edited Version)

September 11, 2001

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The Blueprint (Explicit Version)

September 11, 2001

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The Blueprint

September 11, 2001

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The Dynasty: Roc La Famila 2000

October 31, 2000

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The Dynasty

October 31, 2000

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Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter

December 28, 1999

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Vol.2... Hard Knock Life

November 29, 1998

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Hard Knock Life

October 27, 1998

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In My Lifetime, Vol.1

November 4, 1997

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Reasonable Doubt

June 25, 1996

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