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Jay-Z (December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, civil Shawn Corey Knowles-Carter) is an American rapper and record producer. He works sometimes under the pseudonyms Hov, Hova, J-Hova and Jigga. Jay-Z was Chief Executive Officer of the record label Def Jam and now owns the clothing company Rocawear. Since 2008, he is married to the R & B singer Beyoncé Knowles. He holds shares in US Basketball Club Brooklyn Nets.
Jay-Z was raised by a single mother and shaped by the rough manners of the New York street. His stage name was originally “Jazzy”, until he realized that there was already several artists with this name. After several unsuccessful attempts to begin a career as an artist, Jay-Z finally established with Damon Dash, the record label Roc-a-Fella Records, on which he released his debut album Reasonable Doubt. Although this took some appeal in the scene, but did not bring commercial success. It contained four singles: Is not No Nigga (with Foxy Brown), Can not Knock the Hustle (with Mary J. Blige), Dead Presidents (containing a sample of the rapper Nas I’m Out for Dead Presidents to Represent Me ) and Feelin ‘It.
1997 placed the follow-up album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 third place in the US charts and laid the foundations for its financial success with a wider audience. A year later, Jay-Z released the album Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life, and thus shifted its focus from rap music to a mainstream audience. the Singles Can I Get A were from the album …, coupled Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem), Jigga What Jigga ?, Who ?, It’s Alright and Money Is not a Thang.
1999 Vol was 3: Life and Times of S. Carter published a commercially successful album, which further cause for criticism of the pop-oriented style of his music from the rap scene was. Guest musicians on his next album Dynasty Roc La Familia example, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Amil, Scarface, Just Blaze, R. Kelly, Kanye West, The Neptunes and Snoop Dogg.
The next success for Jay-Z was published in 2001 album The Blueprint, followed by an Unplugged album. Then the album Best of Both Worlds with R. Kelly was released. 2002 came with The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse a double album on the market.
2003 was Jay-Z with rappers like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul on tour, while he worked on his album The Black Album. From this, a separate a cappella version was produced to promote remixes by other musicians. The best known and most controversial of these projects in 2004 was The Grey Album by Danger Mouse, the The Black Album with the White Album by the Beatles combined, so that was a mashup album. The record company EMI undertook legal action against the Grey Album, what the Internet protest Grey Tuesday triggered. Also in 2004, was a collaboration album called Collision Course in collaboration with Linkin Park as part of the MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups.
In addition to musical activities to Jay-Z also tried in the fashion industry with the designer label Roc-a-Wear. He also brought out a shoe collection called S. Carter and Shawn Carter, together with the sports company Reebok. He is also co-owner of the NBA basketball team Brooklyn Nets.
In December 2004 he was appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the hip-hop label Def Jam after this Roc-a-Fella Records had accepted in full. Jay-Z’s contract with Def Jam ran from the end of 2007 and was not renewed. He was succeeded in June 2008 Shakir Stewart.
On 7 January 2005 died Jay-Z’s nephew Colleek D. Luckie from the consequences of a car accident. Jay-Z had a close relationship with him. In 2006, he became reconciled after years of dispute with Nas, who participates on his album American Gangster. After the announced end his musical career in the form of the Black Album, which was to be his last, his comeback album Kingdom Come was released on November 21 of 2006. In autumn 2006, Jay-Z toured with Memphis Bleek and some artists of his label Roc-A-Fella Records by Europe, Australia, Japan and Africa in the Water For Life Tour, with the purpose of clean drinking water to families in Africa made available to ,
In August 2007 it was revealed that Jay-Z top earners is hip-hop in the area. His annual salary was estimated according to Forbes Magazine at 36 million US dollars. In the period from June 2009 to June 2010 earned Jay-Z according to Forbes 63 million US dollars. His fortune is estimated the magazine in 2009 to 150 million US dollars.
On 4 April 2008 he married the singer Beyoncé with whom he was listed by Forbes magazine as bestverdienendes couple of Hollywood. On 5 June 2009 the promotional single released D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) to his album The Blueprint 3, which appeared at Roc Nation on 8 September. With over two million sales it was more successful than the previous two. The recordings had largely taken place in Hawaii. As the first official single was released Run This Town, he had taken along with Rihanna and Kanye West, 2010, the song won two Grammys. The next coupling Empire State of Mind became his most successful song and held for five weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100th
Originally announced as EP, Jay-Z released in August 2011 together with Kanye West as The Throne album Watch the Throne. Both rappers had worked regularly since 2000; on two pieces of Wests album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Jay-Z was represented. Recorded the work among others in New York, Sydney, Paris, and the Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England. For the latter, Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding was used. Unusually for a medial highly acclaimed album, Watch the Throne was not previously leaked due to increased security measures. With a chart entry at number one in Switzerland, second place in Germany and twelfth place in Austria Watch the Throne is the most successful work of the two artists in the German-speaking countries. In the US it reached the top position as the fifth album by West and the twelfth of Jay-Z. The iTunes Store is provided with 290,000 downloads in the first week of a new record. With nearly 1.2 million sales, it reached number 14 of the American Yearendcharts. The artwork for the album yielded the Givenchy-star designer Riccardo Tisci. The Single Niggas in Paris was his eleventh top 5 hit in the US and was later awarded triple platinum.
Starting on September 28, played Jay-Z a total of eight concerts until 6 October for the inauguration of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There is now playing the basketball team Brooklyn Nets, in which he holds shares. At the concert series, a live album was released under the name Jay-Z Live in Brooklyn.
In the fifth game of the NBA finals series between Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, which took place on 16 June 2013 a sponsored by Samsung video aired in half time, the Jay Z with producers Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz and Rick Rubin is in the studio. was advertised his twelfth studio album called Magna Carta Holy Grail. This should, how big propagated by the parties, “write history” by one million Samsung smartphone is and already on July 4 for free visitors only on July 8 is available as a CD or download commercially. Samsung had Jay Z bought one million download albums for several million dollars. The large media attention was confined mostly to the spectacular promotion and publication, the album has been described is set to music than average. was Magna Carta Holy Grail, thanks to the mobile app as a first album already on the date of publication, July 9, certified platinum, and later his thirteenth number-one album in the US. In the UK and in the German-speaking countries it became his highest ranking solo album. Also on July 9, his appearance seemed in some countries at Coachella 2010 as the live album on iTunes.