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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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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 .

Jay-Z to Pay Musician 50 Percent of Royalties for Uncleared Sample on 'Versus'

March 14, 2015 05:59:49 GMT

will pay the royalties from his "Versus" to Swiss musician Bruno Spoerri whose music he sampled on the 2013 track without permission. According to the Daily Mail, the rapper has finally agreed to pay 50% of the song's earning following an 18-month legal battle.

FOX's 'Empire' Is Partly Inspired by Jay-Z

February 28, 2015 05:23:11 GMT

FOX's freshman drama "" is partly inspired by the early life of real-life hip-hop mogul . Series co-creator Danny Strong confirmed it when appearing on "Sway in the Morning" Thursday, February 26, where he addressed negative feedback about some of the show's storylines, like 's Lucious Lyon being a former drug dealer who turned into the CEO of a music label.

Old Picture of Jay-Z and Mother of Alleged Love Child Surfaces

February 24, 2015 07:07:29 GMT

An old picture of and Wanda Satterthwaite, the mother of his alleged love child, has emerged online. Hollywood Street King posted the picture along with the headline "Photo Surfaces Of Jay Z With Mother Of His Suspected B*****d Son".

Jay-Z Is Sued by 21-Year-Old Man Claiming to Be His Son

February 20, 2015 04:29:15 GMT

is facing a paternity suit filed by a 21-year-old aspiring rapper named Rymir Satterthwaite. According to court papers, filed in New Jersey in December 2014 through his godmother Lillie Coley, obtained by National Enquirer, Rymir claimed his mother Wanda had "steamy sex sessions" with Jay-Z in the early 1990s.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour Sit Front Row at Kanye West's Fashion Show

February 13, 2015 04:16:54 GMT

's collaborative collection with Adidas made its debut on the first day of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, February 12. His wife and their daughter North West were seen sitting on the front row next to Anna Wintour, and .

Video: Taylor Swift Seemingly Asks Jay-Z to Have Brunch With Her

February 11, 2015 07:22:55 GMT

seemingly asked to go to brunch with her during the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8. Taylor was caught on the audience camera chatting with and before talking to Jay-Z.

Video: Producer Hints Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z Might Release Joint Album This Year

February 10, 2015 08:02:00 GMT

Much greater than their Grammy win, and reportedly are having a joint album to be released later this year. It was their producer Detail who broke the news to Billboard during an interview on the red carpet of the annual awards show on Sunday, February 8.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Moving to Los Angeles for a Lifestyle Change

February 05, 2015 06:49:12 GMT

and have decided to move to Los Angeles. A source told TMZ the reason behind the move was that they wanted "a change in lifestyle." The superstar couple has enrolled their 3-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, into a toddler program at an elite private school in Los Angeles. Fee of the program is reportedly $15.080 a year.

Jay-Z Bids $56 Million for Music Streaming Services

January 30, 2015 20:34:06 GMT

is expanding his empire into music streaming business. Through Project Panther Bidco Ltd. owned by his company Sean Carter Enterprises, the rapper has placed a $56 million bid for Aspiro, a Swedish company that developed two emerging high-quality music streaming apps.

Presidential Hopeful Mike Huckabee Calls Jay-Z Beyonce's Pimp

January 09, 2015 21:20:45 GMT

Mike Huckabee may have killed his chance to get a vote from and if he runs for President in 2016. The politician says the rapper was pimping his wife with their sexy "Drunk In Love" performance at the Grammy Awards.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Celebrate Blue Ivy's Third Birthday With Ice Sculpture

January 08, 2015 08:54:13 GMT

and her husband celebrated their daughter Blue Ivy's third birthday on Wednesday, January 7. Both of the couple shared on Instagram a black-and-white photo of an ice sculpture in the shape of a snowflake with an engraved message which read, "Happy Birthday Blue," placed beside a number-3-shaped metallic balloon.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Blasted for Taking Picture With a Baby Tiger During Holiday in Thailand

January 07, 2015 07:48:29 GMT

and 's picture with a baby tiger angered a wildlife expert. Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach of the World Animal Protection blasted the power couple after a photo featuring them and their daughter Blue Ivy petting the animal during a family vacation in Thailand emerged online a few days ago.

Beyonce Shares Pictures From Iceland Holiday to Celebrate Jay-Z's Birthday

December 24, 2014 22:25:05 GMT

A number of pictures from and 's holiday in Iceland have been shared on her official website. The couple traveled to the snowy land with their daughter Blue Ivy to celebrate the rapper's 45th birthday early this month.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Visit Taylor Swift at Her Apartment

December 16, 2014 07:28:23 GMT

got a visit from and on Monday, December 15. In some photos obtained by Mail Online, Jay-Z and Justin were seen leaving Taylor's apartment in New York City together.

Video: Justin Timberlake Brings Out Jay-Z Onstage for 'Holy Grail' at N.Y. Concert

December 16, 2014 06:41:59 GMT

invited a special guest when he brought his "The 20/20 Experience World Tour" to New York on Sunday night, December 14. The singer excited the crowd packing the Barclays Center when his frequent collaborator and Brooklyn's own appeared with him on the stage.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Sued Over Sample on 'Drunk in Love'

December 16, 2014 03:50:42 GMT

and are being sued over their collaboration "Drunk in Love". Page Six reports that a Hungarian singer named Monika Miczura a.k.a. Mitsou claims that the couple and producer illegally sampled a traditional Roma folk song called "Bajba, Bajba Pelem" she recorded back in 1995.

Taylor Swift Celebrates Birthday With Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake

December 13, 2014 19:09:33 GMT

rang in her 25th birthday with some of the most famous Hollywood celebrities. & wife , , and were among the VIP guests invited for a party at her Tribeca apartment in New York City.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample on Jay-Z's 'Run This Town'

December 10, 2014 07:45:10 GMT

comes out as the winner in a copyright infringement case related to his 2009 song "Run This Town". According to The Hollywood Reporter, a New York federal judge on Monday, December 8 dismissed the lawsuit brought by TufAmerica who claimed the rapper illegally sampled the word "oh" from Eddie Bo's 1969 record called "Hook and Sling".

Kate Middleton and Prince William Mingle With Beyonce and Jay-Z at Basketball Game

December 09, 2014 04:48:17 GMT

Kate Middleton and Prince William's tour in the United States continues. On Monday night, December 8, the couple attended a Brooklyn Nets basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Celebrate His 45th Birthday in Iceland

December 06, 2014 04:15:50 GMT

and her husband are celebrating the rapper's 45th birthday in Iceland. The couple, who arrived in the Nordic country on Monday, December 1, is reportedly staying at the luxurious Trophy Lodge resort.

Jay-Z Buys 'Ace of Spades' Champagne Company

November 06, 2014 03:03:02 GMT

is expanding his business. The rap superstar, who ventures in a record label and talent agency business among others, has just bought stake in Armand de Brignac champagne line owned by Sovereign Brands. The financial terms, however, were not disclosed.

Jake Gyllenhaal Joined by Beyonce and Jay-Z at 'Nightcrawler' NY Premiere

October 28, 2014 06:59:45 GMT

got support from R&B and hip-hop stars at the October 27 premiere of his newest movie "". attended the special screening with her rapper husband . She rocked a denim ensemble.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Go House-Hunting in Paris, Renew Marital Vows

October 23, 2014 03:04:14 GMT

and have been seen house hunting in Paris several times over the past month, PEOPLE reports. An insider tells the site, "They're looking for a place." Beyonce and Jay-Z have looked some properties including a villa near the Seine river, a house in a gated community referred to as "Millionaire's Row" and a townhouse next to the Elysee Palace.

Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Show Off Their Artistic Sides During Family Visit to the Louvre

October 13, 2014 02:08:45 GMT

shared on her personal website some pictures from her family outing at the Louvre Museum in Paris. In the pictures, Beyonce, and their daughter Blue Ivy could be seen exploring various paintings, statues and other artistic elements at the museum.

Report: Jay-Z and Beyonce's Secret Album to Arrive Later This Year or Early Next Year

October 08, 2014 08:44:45 GMT

A new report about and ' top secret joint album has emerged. A source told Page Six that the power couple would be hitting the studio to record new songs for the project that they planned to release "later this year or early next year."

Video: Jay-Z Joined Onstage by Beyonce Knowles at Global Citizen Festival

September 29, 2014 01:52:57 GMT

made a surprise appearance onstage during her husband 's headlining set at the 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York on Saturday, September 27. The power couple excited the crowd of 60,000 people with the live performances of "Holy Grail" and "Young Forever".

Jay-Z Sued Over One-Syllable Sample on 'Run This Town'

September 19, 2014 08:08:56 GMT

is being sued over a sample on his track "Run This Town". According to a lawsuit obtained by Tech Dirt, the rapper is stealing the word "oh" on the 2009 song featuring and from Eddie Bo's 1969 record called "Hook and Sling".

Beyonce and Jay-Z Reportedly Working on a Joint Album

September 17, 2014 03:26:08 GMT

More collaborative projects between and husband are coming. After wrapping up their "On the Run" joint tour a few days ago, the power couple is now reportedly working on a joint album.

Beyonce Knowles Is Rumored Expecting Baby No. 2 After Jay-Z Changed Song Lyrics

September 14, 2014 14:16:55 GMT

is reportedly expecting her second child with . The rumor runs rampant on the internet after her rapper husband changed the lyrics of his song "Beach Is Better" from "I replace it with another one" to what sounded like "cause she pregnant with another one."

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