Born Shawn Corey Carter in December of 1969, Jay-Z is a rapper and businessman. He is considered one of the most famous men on the planet currently and has a net worth of $810 million as of May 2017. His spouse, Beyonce Knowles, who he married in 2008, is an equally big star in the world of R&B and pop music. At age 47, Jay-Z has sold more than 100 million records all over the world and has won 21 Grammy Awards for his contributions to music. In 2006, he was ranked as the greatest MC of all time by MTV. His fame is such that Jay-Z tickets sell out nearly every time they go on sale, thanks to his huge fan following.
The Music of Jay-Z
After initially facing a difficult time entering into the music industry, selling CDs out of his car, Jay-Z was finally signed on to the record label, Priority. He then released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, which was met with positive reviews from the critics and made it to No.23 on the Billboard 200. The album was later included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
His next release with Def Jam Records, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, was also a success, earning platinum status in the US. Following this came the Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life which gave the artist the biggest career hit at that time with “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”. Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter, was soon released after this and sold more than 3 million copies.
In 2000, Jay-Z released another successful effort with his album, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. This album helped introduce big names into the music industry, such as Just Blaze, Bink, Kanye West and The Neptunes.
Soon after this, the rapper released his sixth studio album, The Blueprint, selling more than 427,000 copies and debuting at the second spot on the Billboard 200. His next solo album, The Blueprint: The Gift & The Curse was a highly successful double album, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. Major hits from this album included “03 Bonnie & Clyde” and “Excuse Me Miss”, both of which featured Beyonce.
His next solo work was called The Black Album and had a star-studded producers’ lineup, including Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Timbaland, DJ Quik, Eminem, Kanye West, Rick Rubin, The Buchanans and 9th Wonder.
In 2004, Jay-Z collaborated with the rock group, Linkin Park, and released the remix EP Collision Course. This EP sold more than 1 million copies in the US and the single “Numb/Encore” went on to win the Grammy Award.
On November 21st, 2006, Jay-Z released another album, titled Kingdom Come that sold 680,000 copies in the first week. The rapper’s tenth album was called, American Gangster and was released in 2007. The album sold 1 million copies in the US and was followed by the released of The Blueprint 3 in 2009. In 2013, Jay-Z released Magna Carta Holy Grail, followed by his latest release, 4:44 in 2017.
Awards and Accolades
Over the course of his career, Jay-Z has won many awards and has been nominated for many as well. In total, he has been nominated a total of 162 times and has won 67 awards. These include the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for “Crazy In Love” and Best Rap Performance for “99 Problems”. He has also won the American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album for The Blueprint 3 in 2009.
Jay-Z also won the BET Awards for Best Collaboration for “Crazy In Love” with Beyonce, Best Male Hip Hop Artist in 2001, Best Collaboration for “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys, Best Group called The Throne, with Kanye West and Best Collaboration for Holy Grail with Justin Timberlake.
He has also won BET Hip Hop Awards for Hustler of the Year, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year and MVP of the Year.
Other major wins for the rapper include Billboard Music Awards in various categories such as R&B Albums Artist of the Year and Rap Artist of the Year; BRIT Award for the Best International Male Solo Artist; Mobo Award for the Best International Hip-Hop Act; MTV Video Music Awards in various categories and People’s Choice Awards among many others.
All of these achievements and accolades make Jay-Z one of the most revered hip hop artists ever. If you are looking for to attend one of his upcoming concerts, then get them here.