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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2011. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving fourteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. He was ranked #1 by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001) are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Blender included the former on their 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die.. Jay-Z has also established himself as an entrepreneur like his fellow hip hop moguls and friends, Russell Simmons, Dr. Dre and Sean "Diddy" Combs, who also have business holdings such as record companies and clothing lines. In an interview, he stated that "my brands are an extension of me. They're close to me. It's not like running GM, where there's no emotional attachment." He is the founder of the urban clothing brand Rocawear along with Damon Dash. Rocawear has clothing lines and accessories for men, women and children. The line was taken over by Jay-Z in early 2006 following a falling out with Dash. In March 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group, for $204 million. Jay-Z will retain his stake in the company and will continue to oversee the marketing, licensing and product development. He also co-owns the 40/40 Club, an upscale sports bar that started in New York City and has since expanded to Atlantic City and Chicago. In 2008, the 40/40 club in Las Vegas was closed down and bought back by the hotel after attendance steadily declined. Future plans will see 40/40 Clubs in Tokyo and Singapore. In 2005, Jay-Z became an investor in Carol's Daughter, a line of beauty products, including products for hair, skin, and hands.. Jay-Z serves as co-brand director for Budweiser Select and collaborates with the company on strategic marketing programs and creative ad development. He provides direction on brand programs and ads that appear on TV, radio, print, and high-profile events. He is also yet to expand his 40/40 Club sports bar in as many as 20 airports, as he makes deals with his business partners, Juan and Desiree Perez. He is a part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team paying a reported $4.5 million for his share. He encouraged the team's relocation to Brooklyn's Barclays Center (from New Jersey) in the 2012–2013 season, at which point the team took on the Brooklyn Nets moniker. In October 2005, he was reported in English media as considering buying a stake of Arsenal F.C., an English soccer team. He has also invested in a real estate development venture called J Hotels which recently acquired a $66 million mid-block parcel in Chelsea, New York. Jay-Z and his partners are contemplating constructing a high-end hotel or an art gallery building on the newly acquired site which has the potential to go up about twelve stories. Through his company Gain Global Investments Network LLC, had an interest estimated between 2 and 7% in the Aqueduct Entertainment Group (AEG) consortium which in January 2010 was awarded a contract to operate a 4,500 slot machine racino at the Aqueduct Race Track. Jay-Z became interested in the project after New York Governor David Paterson who awarded the contract said there had to be an affirmative action component to the ownership. Jay-Z initially approached Steve Wynn who was also bidding on the contract. On March 9, 2010, Jay-Z and Flake withdrew from the project and Paterson recused himself from further involvement....
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GENRES:   Hip Hop Gangsta rap East Coast hip hop Hip hop music SIMILAR ARTISTS:   EPMD Mobb Deep The Notorious B.I.G. Prodigy Busta Rhymes Kool G Rap Wu-Tang Clan DMX N.W.A DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Lord Finesse Lil' Kim South Central Cartel Young Jeezy Snoop Dogg Coolio Eric B. & Rakim Ice Cube Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz Capone-N-Noreaga Method Man & Redman Releases
Jay-Z - Dead PresidentsDead Presidents, Single (1996)Jay-Z - Reasonable DoubtReasonable Doubt, Album (1996)Jay-Z - Streets Is WatchingStreets Is Watching, Soundtrack (1996)Jay-Z - In My Lifetime, Volume 1In My Lifetime, Volume 1, Album (1997)Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock LifeVol. 2... Hard Knock Life, Album (1998)Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem), Single (1998)Jay-Z - I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me), Single (1999)Jay-Z - Vol. 3... Life & Times of S. CarterVol. 3... Life & Times of S. Carter, Album (1999)Jay-Z - Big Pimpin'Big Pimpin', Single (2000)Jay-Z - The Dynasty: Roc La FamiliaThe Dynasty: Roc La Familia, Album (2000)Jay-Z - Jay-Z: UnpluggedJay-Z: Unplugged, Compilation album (2000)Jay-Z - Izzo (H.o.V.a.)Izzo (H.o.V.a.), Single (2001)Jay-Z - The BlueprintThe Blueprint, Album (2001)Jay-Z - Chapter One: Greatest HitsChapter One: Greatest Hits, Compilation album (2002)Jay-Z - The Best of Both WorldsThe Best of Both Worlds, Album (2002)The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse, Album (2002)Jay-Z - '03 Bonnie & Clyde (feat. Beyonce Knowles)'03 Bonnie & Clyde (feat. Beyonce Knowles), Single (2002)Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2.1The Blueprint 2.1, Album (2002)Jay-Z - Blueprint 2.1Blueprint 2.1, Album (2003)Jay-Z - Bring It On: The Best of Jay-ZBring It On: The Best of Jay-Z, Compilation album (2003)Jay-Z - The Black Album: AcappellaThe Black Album: Acappella, Album (2004)Jay-Z - 99 Problems / Dirt Off Your Shoulder99 Problems / Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Single (2004)Jay-Z - Unfinished BusinessUnfinished Business, Album (2004)Jay-Z - Show Me What You GotShow Me What You Got, Single (2005)Jay-Z - Kingdom ComeKingdom Come, Album (2006)Jay-Z - American GangsterAmerican Gangster, Studio album (2007)Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3The Blueprint 3, Album (2008)
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