Shawn Corey Carter, who became famous under the name Jay-Z, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His father left the family when Sean was a child, and the house was never enough money. So the boy quickly learned to become independent and take care of yourself. He started rapping as a teenager, and in the neighboring streets all his name was Jazzy, or Jay-Z.
Once, when Jay-Z casually acquainted with the little-known rapper Big Jaz (Jay-O). A colleague shared with novice experience on the part of show business, but also said that it is necessary to do to excel in rap circles. Jay-Z while involved in hip-hop team, Original Flavor, but then, instead of contracting with a known record company, he founded his own label, Roc-a-Fella Records. Finding a reliable distributor in the face of Priority Records (which later will come under his control, and will be called Def Jam), he recorded a debut album, Reasonable Doubt in 1996.
In 1997, the success of Reasonable Doubt was continued autobiographical disc In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The following year was marked by the rapper's third album Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life, which earned him first prize Grammy. Next, a series of popular albums continued.
The main hit Jay-Z became the cover of 2Pac 03 Bonnie & Clyde, filled with Beyonce - at that time it was already known that the artists associated relationship. And in 2003, after the release of The Black Album Artist declared the termination of his solo career. In the same year, Jay-Z, along with rapper R. Kelly went on a tour that ended in mutual lawsuits for round sums.
In 2004, the artist became president of the record label Def Jam Records, is in crisis. The new president of the company has successfully coped with the problem. In 2005, he gave a concert I Declare A War, which announced the resumption of his creative activity. In 2006, the rapper is back with a powerful album Kingdom Come, and in 2007 has pleased listeners disc American Gangster, written under the influence of the same movie and view artist expounds on the life of the streets.
In May 2004, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awarded Jay-Z special award Golden Note Award. It is awarded to artists who have the most powerful influence on the development of hip-hop and rhythm and blues.
In 2009, Jay-Z released a new album, The Blueprint, Vo. 3, proving that it is still able to create interesting music.
In 2010, they recorded a track with Rihanna, Bono (U2) and the corner. He also organized joint projects with Eminem and Kanye West.
September 23, 2010 there was official confirmation that Jay-Z began work on recording a new album.
Jay-Z is married to singer Beyonce. They were married in a secret ceremony fourth day of April 2008, telling about his marriage only after a few weeks.