• Jay-Z
    • Famous as : Rapper
    • 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)

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Born Shawn Corey Carter on April 12, 1969, Jay-Z grew up in drug-infested area, Marcy Projects, Brooklyn. He was raised only by his mother, Gloria Carter, after his dad abandoned him and his brothers. Growing up, he experienced the tough life on the streets of New York. He explored his rap skill when he briefly attended Eli Whitney High School with fellow rappers Notorious B.I.G and Busta Rhymes. Alongside his partners in his early group "Original Flavor", Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke co-founded an independent label called Roc-a-Fella Records in 1996. Later, Roc-a-Fella was folding into Def Jam Recordings.

Jay-Z could be considered as a person who could do almost everything. Beginning his career as a rapper and a businessman, he was holding an important position in Def Jam as the president and CEO. "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," Jay-Z said.

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