American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur Shawn Corey Carter also known as Jay-Z is said to have an estimated net worth of $520 million in 2014.
One of the most financially loaded hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America Shawn Corey Carter known by his stage name Jay-Z is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time who was born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He and his siblings were raised by his mother, Gloria Carter, after his father jilted them. Shawn went to Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn until it was closed down and after that he attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Downtown Brooklyn with his fellow future rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes, and Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, but did not graduate.
When Carter was a child he used to bang out drum beats on kitchen table. Seeing his passion towards music his mother bought him a boom box for his birthday. Then he started free styling, writing lyrics, and followed the music of many artists popular at the time. Carter’s nick name was Jazzy which in due course developed into his stage name, “Jay-Z”. The name is also an honor to his musical mentor, Jaz-O.
Jay-Z became known to a wide audience for the first time after being featured on Big Daddy Kane’s album Daddy’s Home. His first official rap single was called “In My Lifetime”, for which he released a music video. In 1998, Jay-Z released Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life which spawned the biggest hit of his career at the time, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”. He then released several other successful albums such as “The Blueprint”, “The Black Album”, and the “Kingdom Come”. Although the Black Album was thought to be his last album, he continued releasing many other albums.
Rather than music, Jay-Z has also established himself as a successful entrepreneur. He is the founder of the urban clothing brand Rocawear along with Damon Dash. Jay-Z serves as co-brand director for Budweiser Select and associates with the company on strategic marketing programs and creative ad development. Jay-Z is also imputed as the executive producer of the basketball video game NBA 2K13, where he worked on the look and feel of the game along with its soundtrack.
Jay-Z has also been known for his acting. He has acted In many films like Streets is watching(1998) , Backstage (2000), State property (2002), Paper Soldiers(2002), Fade to Black(2004), Made in America(2013, documentary).
Jay-Z is married to Beyoncé Knowles who is one of the most popular female R&B recording artists. They got married on April 4, 2008. The couple has also gone on to make 300 million records together. On January 7, 2012 Beyoncé gave birth to their daughter named Blue Ivy Carter. On January 9, 2012 Jay-Z released a song titled “Glory” on his social website. The song intricate the couple’s pregnancy struggles, including a miscarriage Beyoncé suffered before becoming pregnant with their daughter.
Concertedly with his musical and business career, Jay-Z also worked as philanthropist. He helped raising awareness about global water shortage during his world tours. Jay-Z contributed $1 million dollar to the American Red cross as a relief after the Hurricane Katrina. Jay-Z also got actively involved in politics during the 2008 presidential campaign, where he supported increased voter participation and helped send voters to polling stations.
Quick Facts About Jay-Z
Full Name: Shawn Corey Carter
Profession: Singer, Rapper, Recording artist, Philanthropist, Actor
Height: 6 ft. 2 in (187cm)
Weight: 170 pounds (77 kg)
Ethnicity: African American
Date of Birth: December 4, 1969
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Education: George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, Downtown Brooklyn (not graduated)
Marital Status: Married (Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter)
Children: 1 (Blue Ivy Carter)