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American hip hop artist and businessman


Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper and businessman. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over USD$150 million, selling over 30 million copies of his albums in the United States alone and receiving several Grammy Awards for his musical work.

Jay-Z Info

Birth nameShawn Corey Carter
Date of BirthDecember 4, 1969
Place of BirthBedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationsRapper, entrepreneur, partial owner of the New Jersey Nets
GenresHip hop
Years active1988–present
LabelsRoc Nation
Associated actsKanye West, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Amil, Big Jaz, Beyoncé, Big L
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 I imagine I’ll take things I learned from my mom and things I’ve learned from raising my nephews and apply that. Then at the end of the day, I just know I’ll probably have the worst, spoiled little kid ever. 
— Jay-Z saying his daughter Blue Ivy Carter will be the worst, spoiled kid ever / May 06, 2012
 What I've learnt from her is similar to what I learnt from [Michael Jackson] - and I know that's blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator - but I think she's like the second coming. Y'know, the hard work and dedication that she puts into her shows. It just makes you want to work harder at your own craft. She's like a machine. 
— Jay-Z gets inspired by his wife Beyonce / August 15, 2011
 The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision, We’ve already produced a Tony Award-winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in Willow. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative. 
— Jay-Z has teamed up with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on a new business venture / January 26, 2011
 I think people who criticize him are not taking into account where the country was when he took office. It was like the worst economy ever, two world wars going on. We were in the worst state we have ever been. That job was going to be difficult for anybody. 
— Jay-Z supports President Barack Obama / November 11, 2010
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 Give me a chance, Maybe in eight years, I’ll be the president. 
— Jay-Z has plans to run for the US Presidency / November 03, 2010

 In order to judge someone, you have to judge what they inherit. He inherited the worst economy, war, just a horrible time in American history. So if we think he can solve that, I mean, we don’t think he’s God, do we? He’s a human being. He’s going to need time to figure that out. In order to get to that sort of success and that dream, you have to go through some peaks and valleys. It’s been two years. 
— Jay-Z supports Barack Obama / November 03, 2010
 It’s unbelievable because it’s so far away from where I come from. We were the kids who were ignored by every politician. We didn’t have the numbers, the vote, to put anybody in office, because no matter who was in the office, we didn’t think that it would affect change where we lived. So nobody went out and voted. For me, being with Obama or having dinner with Bill Clinton is crazy. It’s mind-blowing, because where I come from is just another world. We were just ignored by politicians – by America in general. 
— Jay-Z finds it mind blowing that the American Leaders know who he is / November 03, 2010
 They are a really cool family with beautiful kids, who happen to be good at the jobs they do, 
— Jay-Z is inspired by close friends Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow to start a family / August 25, 2010
 I kind of don’t want to part with this, So I hope it goes for a small amount so I can bid on it. 
— Jay-Z wanted to buy his watch, but lost it at a charity auction / May 19, 2010
 I am a businessman, and I will always look at an opportunity, and if it feels right, great. I don't know a lot about the business of soccer, but in the future if the right opportunity presented itself, then who knows? 
— Jay-Z when asked if he is interested in investing in Arsenal football club / March 23, 2010
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