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Birth Name: Shawn Corey Carter
Nickname: S-dot, Young Hov, Jazzy,Hova,Jigga, J-Hova, Jiggaman, Iceberg Slim,Lucky Lefty, Joe Camel
Height: 6′ 1½” (1.87 m)
Born Shawn Corey Carter on April 12, 1969, Jay-Z was raised by a single mother, Gloria Carter. He had experienced the tough life on the streets of New York where he grew up. Fortunately, the streets life was not the only thing on his mind as he briefly attended high school in where he also explored his rap skill. Alongside partners from his early group “Original Flavor”, Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke co-founded an independent label called Roc-a-Fella Records. Later, Roc-a-Fella folding into Def Jam Recordings.
Jay-Z may be considered as a person who could do almost everything. Began his career as a rapper and a businessman, he in the future times holding an important president and CEO position on Def Jam. “I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company,” says Jay-Z.