Jay-Z born on 4th December 1969 to Adnis Reeves and Gloria Carter. He has three siblings. His father abandoned them at a very young age, he along with his siblings were raised by their mother Gloria Carter. Jay’s young life was kind of a thug, at age 12 he shot his brother for stealing his jewelry. According to his interviews and lyrics, during this period he sold crack cocaine and was shot three times.
Jay-Z is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Jay-Z first began his musical career after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, and subsequently released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubts in 1996. The album was released to widespread critical success and solidified his standing in the music industry.
Jay-Z is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with over 100 million records sold worldwide. He has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, the most by a rapper, and holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, with 14.
He has been ranked by Billboard and fellow music publication Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be honored into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2018, received the commemorative “Salute to Industry Icons” award at the 60th Grammy Awards.
Outside of his musical career, Jay-Z has also attained significant success and media attention for his career as a businessman. In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, and in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million dollar corporations and allowed Jay-Z to fund the start-up for the entertainment company Roc Nation, which was founded in 2008.
In 2015, he acquired the tech company Aspiro and took charge of their media streaming service Tidal, which has since become the world’s third-largest online streaming company.