Jay Z Turns 51 Today
Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and record producer.
He is widely regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history, and often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Jay-Z was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 4, 1969.
His interest in creating music exploded after receiving a boom box from his mother on his 12th birthday, and his nickname evolved from “Jazzy” to “Jay-Z.”
His first hit, “Dead Presidents,” became an international success.
He has since won 22 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million albums worldwide.
His albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album were all featured on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Jay-Z’s success in music led him to launch a record label and a clothing line, become a partial owner of the Brooklyn Nets, and found the 40/40 Club.
He got married Beyonce Knowles on April 4, 2008 and they had their first daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7, 2012 while they welcomed a pair of twins named Rumi and Sir in June 2017.
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