Rapper, producer, Jay-Z
Rapper ~ Producer ~ Label exec
birth name: Shawn Corey Carter

Jay-Z

December 4, 1969

Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparring most memorably with Nas. Jay-Z and his Roc-a-Fella associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded during the late '90s and early 2000s. ~ ~ retrieved December 2, 2013 © Allmusic

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Honoring musicians. Celebrating birthdays. Remembering death days.

December 4, 1965 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Len Barry, 1-2-3 ~ #2 (1) the Supremes, I Hear A Symphony ~ #1 (2) the Byrds, Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There Is A Season

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Tupac Shakur ~ Ranked #4 The Source Top 50 Hip-Hop Lyricists Of All Time in 2012.

Jay-Z featuring UGK ~ Big Pimpin' (Jay-Z/Bun B/Pimp C/Timbaland/Joshua) ~ Ranked #16 Rolling Stone 50 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Of All Time in 2012 ~ Jay defied regional bias by reaching across the Mason-Dixon Line and giving Port Arthur, Texas, duo UGK a prominent spot on one of his biggest hits. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Kanye West ~ The College Dropout (2004) ~ #24 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ On his debut, the self-proclaimed “first [rapper] with a Benz and a backpack” beat the producer-tries-to-rap jinx and broke boundaries others wouldn't acknowledge – from the gospel riot “Jesus Walks” to the Luther Vandross tribute “Slow Jamz.” ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone



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