Only few people know that the original name of world famous rapper, Jay-Z, is Shawn Corey Carter. The 43 year old American has made a huge place among the legendary rappers all over the world with the stage name of Jay-Z. He is not only a rapper, but a record producer, entrepreneur and investor as well.
Jay-Z is considered to be one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in the United States. Forbes magazine estimated in 2012 that Jay-Z possess almost $500 million. The Brooklyn-born star has sold approximately 50 million albums all over the world, receiving 17 Grammy Awards and numerous other nominations for his musical work. He is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, being ranked at number one in MTV’s list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006.
Two of his albums, “Reasonable Doubt” and “The Blueprint”, as rated as the landmarks in the particular genre. Jay-Z holds the record of most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with 12. It is a feat never achieved by any other singer. He also has four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100.
Billboard also announced Jay-Z as the 10th most successful artist of 2000’s on 11th December 2009. He was also named the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly and 50 Cent. The Rolling Stones Magazine ranked Jay-Z as the 88th greatest artist of all time as well. He married the American R&B star singer Beyonce Knowles in 2008 and they have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, born January 7 2012.
As an entrepreneur and investor, Jay-Z is a joint owner of the 40/40 club and also has stake in NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. He further invested in co-creating the clothing line ‘Rocawear’. He has been the CEO of Def Jam Recordings but abandoned the post after some years. Jay-Z is also the founder of Roc Nation and the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records. He has been as active and successful in the field of entrepreneurship as he was in the music industry. His business ventures expanded further when he founded the sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. The legendary rapper is also a certified NBA and MLB sports agent, entitled to perform his services in the field of these sports.
Jay-Z’s studio albums include Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime, Hard Knock Life, Life and Times of S. Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, The Blueprint, The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse, The Black Album, Kingdom Come, American Gangster, The Blue Print 3 and Magna Carta Holy Grail. His collaborations with other well known singers, such as Beyonce, Foxy Brown, Jaz-O, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Linkin Park, Memphis Bleek, R. Kelly, have also been immensely popular among his fans. These collaboration albums include Jay-Z: Unplugged, The Best of Both Worlds, Unfinished Business, Collision Course and Watch the Throne.
Jay-Z hasn’t retired from professional singing and is expected to produce many more masterpieces in the years to come.