Birth name

Shawn Corey Carter


4 December 1969
Brooklyn, New York City, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, businessman

Years active



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

Associated acts

Amil, 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 (stylised as JAY-Z), is an American rapper and businessman from Brooklyn, New York. Beginning his career as a hype man for Jaz-O and Big Daddy Kane in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jay-Z co-founded the label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995 with Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Jay-Z has released his first twelve solo studio albums, as well as his three collaboration albums, on the label, but it became defunct in 2013.

Jay-Z is one of the world's best selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, 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 hip hop. Jay-Z holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200 with 14. He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, with one ("Empire State of Mind") as lead artist.

Jay-Z owns the New York 40/40 Club sports bar, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation, which also serves as his current record label. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. In 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth at nearly $900 million, making him the richest hip hop artist in the world. Jay-Z married singer Beyoncé in 2008. As a couple, they have an estimated net worth of $1.16 billion.


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