Jay Z

Birth name

Shawn Corey Carter


4 December 1969 (age 48)
Brooklyn, New York City, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer, entrepreneur

Years active



Roc-A-Fella (1995-2013)
Def Jam (1997-present)
Roc Nation (2008-present)

Associated acts

Beanie Sigel, Big L, J. Cole, Foxy Brown, Freeway, Jaz-O, Memphis Bleek, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Pharrell Williams

Shawn Corey Carter (born 4 December 1969), better known by his stage name Jay Z (formerly stylised as Jay-Z), is an American rapper, record producer, and businessman from Brooklyn, New York. Beginning his career as a hype man for Jaz-O and Big Daddy Kane, Jay Z co-founded the label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995 with Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Jay Z released all of his twelve solo studio albums, as well as his three collaboration albums, on the label, but it became defunct in 2013.

He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2014, Forbes estimated his net worth at nearly $520 million. He is one of the world's best selling artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. Three of his albums - Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003) - are considered landmarks in the genre. Jay Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the founder of Roc Nation, his current label, and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings.