JAY‐Z (US rapper)

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Legal name: Shawn Corey Carter


Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z), is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and record producer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history, and often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Born and raised in New York City, 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 Doubt in 1996. The album was released to widespread critical success, and solidified his standing in the music industry. He has gone on to release twelve additional albums, including the acclaimed albums The Blueprint (2001), The Black Album (2003), American Gangster (2007), and 4:44 (2017). Jay-Z has also released the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne (2011) with Kanye West and Everything Is Love (2018) with his wife Beyoncé, respectively.

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.

Jay-Z is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 50 million albums and 75 million singles sold worldwide. He has won a total of 23 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. In June 2019, Jay-Z officially became the first hip hop billionaire, making him the among the top wealthiest black Americans and the 2nd wealthiest American musician to date. In December 2020, Jay-Z launched a line of cannabis products called "Monogram".

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1996Reasonable DoubtJAY‐Z4.157
1997In My Lifetime, Vol. 1Jay‐Z47
1998Vol. 2… Hard Knock LifeJAY‐Z4.56
1999Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. CarterJAY‐Z25
2000The Dynasty: Roc La FamiliaJay‐Z2.655
2001The BlueprintJay‐Z3.75
2002The Best of Both WorldsJay‐Z & R. Kelly1.653
2002The Blueprint²: The Gift & The CurseJay‐Z3.43
2003The Black AlbumJay‐Z3.155
2004Unfinished BusinessJay‐Z & R. Kelly2.352
2006Kingdom ComeJay‐Z3.654
2007American GangsterJay‐Z2.854
2009The Blueprint 3Jay‐Z3.255
2011Watch the ThroneJay-Z & Kanye West3.57
2013Magna Carta… Holy GrailJay‐Z34

Album + Compilation

2001The Hits & Unreleased, Volume 1Jay-Z21
2002Chapter OneJay-Z21
2003Blueprint 2.1JAY Z34
2004The Hits and Unreleased, Volume 2Jay-Z41
2006Greatest HitsJay-Z51
2009The Blueprint Collector's EditionJAY-Z2
2010The Hits Collection Volume OneJay-Z7
2011Original Album ClassicsJay-Z1

Album + Live

20082008-06-28: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, UKJay-Z2

Album + Mixtape/Street

2003Operation Desert Storm, Part 2DJ Clue? feat. S. Carter1
2003S.Carter CollectionJay-Z51
2004The Purple AlbumJay-Z41
2005Serious Business DJ Clue & Keyz CollaborationJay-Z41
2006The Black Chronic (Bash Brothers "Chronic" remix)Jay-Z21
2007Brooklyn SoulThe Commissioner Mick Boogie presents Jay-Z & Marvin Gaye produced by Shuko & The Gunna1.51
2007The Latin AlbumJay-Z21
2008Jay-Z Sings the Blues “The Forgotten Stories”JAY Z51
2008My President Is BlackJay-Z21
2009A Prelude to Blueprint 3Jay-Z21
2015Before Reasonable Doubt: The DemosJAY Z21
2015The Black GangsterJAY Z1

Album + Remix + Mixtape/Street

2008OJAYZISCookin’ Soul, Jay-Z vs Oasis12
2008The Best of Both Coasts: Exclusive RemixesDJ Haze & Cookin’ Soul presents Jay-Z & The Game11
2009The Red AlbumCookin’ Soul presents Game & Jay-Z hosted by Don Cannon2

Album + Remix

2004S. Carter: The RemixJay-Z41
2011NY State of Mind, Vol. 1Cookin’ Soul presents 50 Cent, Jay-Z & Nas31

Album + Soundtrack

2009DJ Hero Renegade EditionEminem & Jay-Z43


1994In My Lifetime / I Can’t Get Wid DatJaÿ-Z11
1996Dead PresidentsJay-Z31
1996Can’t Knock the HustleJay-Z52
1996Ain't No PlayaJAY‐Z1
1996Ain’t No NiggaJaÿ-Z feat. Foxy Brown31
1996Time After Time / All of My DaysChanging Faces feat. JAY-Z1
1997SunshineJay-Z feat. Babyface & Foxy Brown21
1998The City is MineJay-Z1
1998Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)Jay-Z13
1998Can I Get a...Jay-Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule22
1998Wishing on a StarJay-Z & Gwen Dickey32
2000Big Pimpin’JAY‐Z33
2000I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)Jay-Z22
2001Izzo (H.o.V.a.)Jay-Z31
2002'03 Bonnie & ClydeJay-Z feat. Beyoncé32
2003Frontin’Pharrell featuring Jay‐Z2
2003Change ClothesJay-Z31
2003'03 Bonnie & ClydeJAY-Z1
2003Stop / Excuse Me Miss AgainJay-Z11
200499 Problems / Dirt Off Your ShoulderJay-Z3
2004Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from YouJay-Z/Linkin Park52
2004Numb/EncoreJay‐Z/Linkin Park55
2006Déjà VuBeyoncé feat. Jay-Z25
2006Show Me What You GotJay-Z1
2007UmbrellaRihanna feat. Jay-Z312
2007Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...Jay-Z1
2007Blue MagicJay-Z1
2007Roc-A-Fella BillionairesFreeway feat. Jay‐Z1
2009Run This TownJay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West3.57
2009Empire State of MindJay-Z & Alicia Keys2
2009MeipléRobin Thicke with Jay-Z1
2010Young ForeverJAY-Z feat. Mr Hudson1
2010MonsterKanye West feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj1
2010So AppalledKanye West, RZA, Jay‐Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Cyhi the Prynce1
2010The JoyKanye West feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi1
2010Shiny Suit TheoryJay Electronica feat. Jay-Z & The‐Dream1
2010Run This Town / Posthumus ZoneE.S. Posthumus, Jay-Z & Rihanna41
2011H•A•MKanye West & Jay-Z1
2011OtisJay-Z & Kanye West1
2012CliqueKanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean1
2013Suit & TieJustin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z3
2013Holy GrailJay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake2
2013HigherJust Blaze & Baauer feat. JAY Z1
2013Know Bout MeTimbaland feat. JAY Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy11
2013The Devil Is a LieRick Ross feat. JAY Z1
2014They Don't Love You No MoreDJ Khaled feat. Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross & French Montana21
2016Pop StyleDrake feat. Kanye West & JAY Z1
2017ShiningDJ Khaled f. Beyoncé & JAY Z2
2017BikingFrank Ocean feat. JAY Z & Tyler, the Creator41
2018Top OffDJ Khaled feat. JAY Z, Future & Beyoncé1
2020EntrepreneurPharrell Williams feat. JAY-Z2
2021What It Feels LikeNipsey Hussle & JAY‐Z1

Single + Live

2009Lost+ / Viva la VidaColdplay feat. JAY-Z1

Single + Remix

1995In My LifetimeJay-Z feat. DJ Clark Kent1
2007I Get Money (Forbes 1, 2, 3 billion dollar remix)JAY Z, 50 Cent & Diddy1

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