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Birth Name :

Shawn Corey Carter

Birth Date :

December 04, 1969

Birth Place :

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Spouse :

Beyonce Knowles (singer, since 4-Apr-08)

Claim to fame :

Single "Dead Presidents" (1996)


Born Shawn Corey Carter on April 12, 1969, Jay-Z was raised by a single mother, Gloria Carter. He had experienced the tough life on the streets of New York where he grew up. Fortunately, the streets life was not the only thing on his mind as he briefly attended high school in where he also explored his rap skill. Alongside partners from his early group "Original Flavor", Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem 'Biggs' Burke co-founded an independent label called Roc-a-Fella Records. Later, Roc-a-Fella folding into Def Jam Recordings.

Jay-Z may be considered as a person who could do almost everything. Began his career as a rapper and a businessman, he in the future times holding an important president and CEO position on Def Jam. "I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company," says Jay-Z.

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Jay-Z, Beyonce and Lauryn Hill Among Winners at ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Music Awards

June 26, 2015 07:54:27 GMT

and his wife were among those honored at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. During the ceremony taking place at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday night, June 25, the power couple, along with , won the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song Award for their collaboration "Drunk in Love".

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris Beat Beyonce and Jay-Z as Forbes Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

June 26, 2015 02:21:37 GMT

New couple and have been announced as Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples of 2015, beating out reigning champs and . Taylor and Calvin earned $146 million collectively over the last year.

Jay-Z's Tidal Parts Ways With Another CEO

June 23, 2015 19:48:15 GMT

Another CEO has left 's Tidal. Peter Tonstad, a former CEO of Tidal's parent company Aspiro Group, departs after serving as an interim CEO of the streaming service for around three months. He joined the company in April after the first CEO, Andy Chen, left.

Beyonce Shares Sweet Family-Time Photos With Blue Ivy and Jay-Z

June 08, 2015 03:44:43 GMT

and enjoyed family time together with their daughter Blue Ivy in a garden on Sunday, June 7. The "Single Ladies" hitmaker shared on Instagram some photos from their fun family outing.

Jay-Z's Made in America Festival Not Returning to L.A. After Numerous Issues

June 06, 2015 05:07:44 GMT

Last year's Labor Day weekend marked Made in America festival's first and last time to be held simultaneously in Los Angeles and its hometown of Philadelphia. L.A. Times has reported that the event co-founded by isn't coming back to the City of Angels due to numerous difficulties it faced last year.

50 Cent Shares His Thoughts on Jay-Z's Tidal, Says He Could've Made It 'More Interesting'

June 01, 2015 09:03:44 GMT

is among a bunch of artists unimpressed with Tidal. The rapper recently shared what he really thought about the -owned music streaming service in an interview with Letty and DJ Damage for their "The Realest" segment during a visit to Los Angeles' radio station REAL 92.3.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Mobbed by Fans Outside Tidal Headquarters in Norway

May 27, 2015 03:31:11 GMT

and got mobbed by hundreds of fans outside Tidal headquarters in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday, May 26. The powerhouse ccarouple could hardly get into their SUV and drive away because of the crowd.

Nicki Minaj Says That a Collaboration With Jay-Z Is Coming Soon

May 22, 2015 04:56:36 GMT

Fans are apparently getting a new song by and very soon. Responding to a fan who asked her on Twitter on Thursday, May 21 about the rumored collaboration, the Young Money raptress said it's coming out "in 3 more days." She, however, quickly deleted her posted.

Marina Abramovic Institute Apologizes to the Artist and Jay-Z Over 'Picasso Baby' Gaffe

May 21, 2015 17:56:36 GMT

Marina Abramovic Institute broke silence in the feud between the performance artist and over the rapper's 2013 "Picasso Baby" music video. The beef started after Abramovic called the video shoot "a one-way transaction," which was responded by Jay-Z's camp revealing a receipt from the Institute that acknowledged a donation from the rapper.

Jack White Defends Jay-Z's Tidal: 'Don't Devalue Musicians, Man'

May 21, 2015 02:55:21 GMT

Amid continuous backlash surrounding Tidal, has come to the defense of the -owned music streaming service. The former frontman took to the website of his label Third Man Records on Wednesday, May 20 to answer several questions submitted by fans about the service.

Report: Jay-Z and Beyonce Donate 'Tens of Thousands' of Dollars to Bail Out Protesters

May 18, 2015 09:08:23 GMT

and his wife reportedly donated a huge amount of money to bail out protesters arrested in Baltimore riots. Dream Hampton, activist and writer who collaborated with Jay-Z on his autobiography book "Decoded", revealed the report in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday, May 17.

Jay-Z Disses Spotify and YouTube During Freestyle Rap at Tidal Concert

May 17, 2015 20:06:35 GMT

addresses critics during "Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides", an exclusive concert at Manhattan's Terminal 5. He defends his pricey streaming service which is criticized for being lack of a free option. He slams the rival online services like Spotify and YouTube.

Tidal Exec Fuels Rumors About Jay-Z and Beyonce's Collaborative Album

May 15, 2015 08:35:39 GMT

It looks like and ' collaborative album is really underway. In a recent interview with Digital Trends, Tidal's Senior Executive Vania Schlogel basically fueled rumors, which have been swirling for months now, about the highly-anticipated project.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Visit Freddie Gray's Family in Baltimore

May 13, 2015 03:00:29 GMT

and her husband lent their support for the family of the late Freddie Gray while attending Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, May 10. Beyonce and Jay-Z posed for pictures with Freddie's family. The "Run the World" hitmaker was seen wearing animal-printed shirt while the "Ni**as in Paris" rapper sported grey and white tee.

Emilia Clarke Says Jay-Z Bought 'Game of Thrones' Dragon Egg for Beyonce

May 12, 2015 17:39:26 GMT

Did acquire one of the "" dragon eggs as a gift to his beautiful Khaleesi ? who plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen, the dragon queen, on the HBO series says so.

Jay-Z Delays Tidal-Exclusive Concert but Adds Second Date

May 09, 2015 04:01:11 GMT

's B-Sides concert to promote his Tidal is getting delayed. The rapper has just announced that the event supposed to take place in New York on May 13 will now happen on May 16. However, he has added a second show scheduled for May 17.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Reportedly Buy New Orleans Church Turned Mansion for $2.6M

May 09, 2015 03:27:01 GMT

and reportedly have purchased a church turned mansion in New Orleans for $2.6 million. The mansion, named La Casa de Castille, was built in 1925 as the Westminster Presbyterian Church and later served as ballet studio Ballet Hysell.

Jay-Z Throws Star-Studded Bash After Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

May 04, 2015 07:49:24 GMT

threw an exclusive bash at Marquee nightclub in Las Vegas on Saturday night, May 2 after he and his wife watched the highly-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and . According to Page Six, the guests included , Bryant Jennings, and Gayle King.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber Attend Floyd Mayweather Vs. Manny Pacquiao Fight

May 03, 2015 19:02:25 GMT

Celebrities flocked to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, April 2 to witness the ring showdown between and . and were among them. Queen Bey was red hot while her hubby looked dapper in a suit.

Jay-Z Announces Concert Featuring Rare Songs to Promote Tidal

April 30, 2015 02:51:27 GMT

is playing an exclusive concert for those subscribing to his Tidal. The rapper announced on Wednesday, April 29 "Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides" which is scheduled to take place on May 13 at a yet-unannounced "intimate New York City" venue.

Jay-Z Defends Tidal Amid Criticism: We're Doing Just Fine

April 27, 2015 04:17:46 GMT

is not giving up on Tidal despite negative responses from critics. A few days after the Tidal app got kicked out of the top 700 on the United States iPhone download chart and hence was deemed a flop, the rapper took to Twitter over the weekend to defend the streaming service he bought last month, saying it's "doing just fine."

Jay-Z and Beyonce to Release Joint Album on Tidal, Says DJ Skee

April 23, 2015 08:15:30 GMT

New updates on and ' highly-anticipated joint album have emerged. DJ Skee, who broke the news last year that the power couple was readying the collaborative effort, revealed on Wednesday, April 22 that the project was "nearing completion" and when it's done, it'd be made available exclusively on the rapper's Tidal.

Jay-Z Premieres Music Video for Blue Ivy Song 'Glory'

April 17, 2015 02:41:25 GMT

Three years after its release, "Glory" finally gets a music video treatment. took to his new music streaming service Tidal on Thursday, April 16 to premiere the visuals for the song he wrote to celebrate the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy.

Beyonce Knowles Shares Bikini Pics From Romantic Getaway With Jay-Z

April 16, 2015 09:24:42 GMT

Marking her 7th wedding anniversary to with a romantic getaway to a lavish resort in Hualalai, kindly and enthusiastically shared a number of sexy snaps from the vacation. Some of the photos showed the singer and mother of one enjoying a good time in bikinis.

Beyonce Debuts New Song for Jay-Z 'Die With You' on Seventh Wedding Anniversary

April 06, 2015 02:30:02 GMT

celebrated her seventh wedding anniversary with by debuting a new song dedicated to him. The R&B superstar shared on Saturday, April 4 the track called "Die With You" via her rapper hubby's new music streaming service Tidal.

Rihanna Premieres New Song 'American Oxygen' on Jay-Z's Tidal

April 06, 2015 01:45:34 GMT

has shared another new song in full. After teasing it in an NCAA March Madness commercial last month, the Bajan beauty delivered the first live performance of "American Oxygen" during the March Madness Music Festival over the weekend in Indianapolis before releasing it on 's new music streaming service Tidal.

Beyonce Previews Collaboration With Jay-Z and Timbaland While 'Flossin' in Instagram Video

April 02, 2015 07:01:33 GMT

appears to preview a new song in a cute video she has shared on Instagram. In the short clip arriving on Wednesday, April 1, the R&B diva is seen flossing her teeth alongside her beloved daughter Blue Ivy.

Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Madonna, Alicia Keys Goof Around at Jay-Z Tidal Launching

March 31, 2015 06:59:40 GMT

, , , and were all in attendance at the launch of 's new music streaming service Tidal on Monday, March 30. The music beauties goofed around backstage and took some funny pictures together.

Beyonce, Kanye West and Rihanna Tweet Support as Jay-Z Launches Streaming Service Tidal

March 30, 2015 07:32:38 GMT

Numerous musicians have shown support for 's music streaming service Tidal. Famous faces including the rapper's wife and pals and helped promote the service on Twitter using the hashtag #TIDALforALL and turned their Twitter profile picture bright blue.

Taylor Swift Takes Her Songs to Jay-Z's Streaming Service After Ditching Spotify

March 25, 2015 19:57:34 GMT

's music is back on a streaming service after it was yanked off Spotify. However, instead of taking it back to the popular site, the singer strikes a deal with its competitor Tidal which was recently bought by music mogul .

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