Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, grew up in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects before establishing Roc-A-Fella Records. A rap mogul, Jay-Z has continuously redefined hip-hop music with his poised, mastery of flow and innovative experimentation with other genres such as Broadway show tunes and Eighties electropop.
Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt has been noted as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone With the help of The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z gained attention and reached number 23 on the Billboard 200. The release of his third album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life was Jay’s career-defining album with hits like Hard Know Life (Ghetto Anthem) and Can I Get A..., achieving his first Grammy award, and leading to a duet with Mariah Carey to cement his mainstream status.
Jay’s music career has been highly successful with three albums earning a spot on the list of Greatest Albums of All Time. He's ranked as the Greatest MC of all time, the 88th Greatest Artist of all time, the wealthiest hip-hop artist in the world, and among the Top 5 most successful rappers.
In addition to a music career, Jay-Z is a businessman; he owns 40/40 Club sports bar, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear, founded Roc Nation Sports, and was the former president of Def Jam Recordings. Alongside R&B Queen wife Beyonce, they were named the most powerful couple and Hollywood’s top-earning couple.