- 02:22 PM, Jan 15
hiatus for three years, Jay-Z made his comeback by releasing "Kingdom Come" in November 2006. On the effort, the rapper worked together with some massive artists, such as Timbaland, Kanye West, Dr. Dre and Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin. The album, like its predecessor, received a warm welcome from fans and sold over two million copies worldwide.
There were speculations about Jay-Z leaving his position as the CEO of Def Jam to join his lover Beyonce in Columbia. However, during an interview in 2007, the rapper denied having made decision to leave Def Jam and claimed that his contract with the label merely expired and not yet renewed. He came out with the announcement of a new album titled "American Gangster" in September 2007 after being inspired by a movie with the same title, "American Gangster". Its first single "Blue Magic" was released on radio outlets on September 20, 2007, followed by the second one "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…)" that was produced by P. Diddy. Upon the album release on November 6, it entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 after selling 425,000 copies. This achievement put him in the same position to the late legendary singer Elvis Presley, after all of his ten albums opened at the top position.
Since then, Jay-Z had been busy headlining a number of festivals, including the O2 Wireless Festival, the Hove Festival and the Roskilde Festival. Apart from his musical career and business ventures, Jay-Z was actively involved during presidential campaign in 2008, and was an avid supporter of Barack Obama. In April 2008, he married Beyonce after fueling dating rumors for years. In 2009, Jay-Z left Def Jam and signed a multi-million dollar deal with Live Nation, with whom he started a montage and music publishing company Roc Nation. In addition to Jay-Z himself, the label managed Rihanna, Kanye West, Shakira, Timbaland among many others.
Jay-Z's eleventh studio album "The Blueprint 3" was released on September 8, 2009. Not wasting any time, he kicked off a North American tour in support of the effort in October. He also collaborated with Rihanna, Bono and The Edge on a song titled "Stranded" for "Hope for Haiti Now" fund-raising that year. Additionally, he later released a memoir titled "Decoded".
Jay-Z welcomed his first child with Beyonce, a baby girl named Blue Ivy, in 2012. He then started working on a new