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Jay-Z Biography

Birth Name:
Shawn Corey Carter
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Rapper, music producer, actor, entrepreneur

Fast Facts

  • Raised in Brooklyn, he took his stage name from the J and Z subway lines that ran in his neighborhood
  • Formed Roc-A-Fella Records with his manager, Damon Dash, and road manager and childhood friend Kareem "Biggs" Burke
  • A film crew followed his 1999 tour with DMX, Beanie Sigel and others for the documentary Backstage
  • He and Sean "Diddy" Combs donated $1 million to the Red Cross in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina
  • Supported Barack Obama in the 2008 U
  • S
  • presidential election
  • Cofounder of the clothing line Rocawear
  • Released the memoir Decoded in November 2010


  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Special Class Program: nominated