Jay-Z. Life and creative work

     Jay-Z (real name Shawn Corey Carter) was born on December 4, 1969. He was brought up on the mean streets in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, New York. During a difficult childhood he was part time rapper and full time hustler. Carter's father abandoned the family before he became a teenager. After his father's departure Jay-Z took solace in his rap on the streets, he used the money from his hustling to fund his rap career.

     (ONE OF THE LATEST SONGS - "Young Forever")

     Jay-Z had the magical ability to create an entire track without writing it down even once. While he tests out a few sample tunes the lyrics just flow from the top of his head. Jay-Z had heard a lot of stories how record companies exploited young rappers with talent. The fruits of their hard work were enjoyed by the company. The rapper needed the company to give him his first break because he did not have the funds to manage the studio costs.

     Jay-Z didn't want to become one of such rappers. He formed his own company along with fellow street pals Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Jay-Z struck a deal with Priority Records for the distribution of his album. It is testimony of his systematic method of functioning that he managed all this before he released his first album.

     Jay-Z released his first album called "Reasonable Doubt." The album was a hit with the critics and had a gold single.  

     In the next five years Jay-Z sold more than ten million records. He had more songs on the radio than any contemporary rapper. Jay-Z has scored a number of hits over the years, they include, "The Originator's," "Streets Is Watching," "Can I Get Open," "Ain't No N**a," "You Must Love Me," "Can't Knock the Hustle" and "Feelin It." Anyone in the forefront of the rap world spawns millions of fans. Jay-Z had become a cultural symbol for millions of people. The one way of taking advantage of this phenomenon was to expand.

     Roc-A-Fella Films Have released films such as "Streets is Watching", "Backstage" and "State Property". Three feature films - Paid in Full, Paper Soldiers and Death of a Dynasty are on the anvil. Jay-Z started his own clothing line called Rocawear in 1999. Rocawear grossed $150 million in 2001. This is a global initiative with outlets in Europe, Japan and Canada. It carries loungewear, hats and belts for men, women and children.  

    Jay-Z has encouraged many of his proteges who have gone on to make a big name for themselves. He has sold more than seventeen million albums. Jay-Z has undertaken many philanthropic activities in New York City. The Team Roc charitable organization helps underprivileged children in the city. Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund pays for the college tuition of deserving Marcy area high school students. During the annual Jay-Z Santa Claus Toy Drive, Jay-Z provides toys to children of the Marcy projects area in Brooklyn.

Awards:

American Music Awards
2009 
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist [Won]
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album, The Blueprint 3 [Won]
2008 
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album, American Gangster [Nominated]
2004 
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist [Won]
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album, The Black Album [Nominated]
2000 
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist [Nominated]

BET Awards
2008 
Best Male Hip Hop Artist [Nominated]
2007 
Best Collaboration, "Upgrade U" with Beyonce [Nominated]
Best Collaboration, "Deja Vu" with Beyonce [Nominated]
Best Male Hip Hop Artist [Nominated]
2005 
Video of the Year, "99 Problems" [Nominated]
Best Male Hip Hop Artist [Nominated]
2004 
Best Male Hip Hop Artist [Won]
Video of the Year, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Nominated]
Viewer's Choice, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Nominated]
Best Collaboration, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Won]
2003 
Best Male Hip Hop Artist [Nominated]
Best Collaboration, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" with Beyonce [Nominated]
2002 
Best Male Hip Hop Artist [Nominated]
2001 
Best Male Hip Hop Artist [Won]
Viewer's Choice, "I Just Wanna Luv U (Give It 2 Me)" [Nominated]

BET Hip Hop Awards
2009 
Track of the Year, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" [Nominated]
Best Hip Hop Video, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" [Nominated]
Lyricist of the Year [Won]
Best Live Performer [Won]
MVP of the Year [Won]
Made You Look Award [Nominated]
Hustler of the Year [Won]
2008 
Track of the Year, "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...)" [Nominated]
Lyricist of the Year [Nominated]
Best Live Performer [Nominated]
MVP of the Year [Nominated]
CD of the Year, American Gangster [Nominated]
Hustler of the Year [Nominated]
2007 
Hustler of the Year [Nominated]
CD of the Year, Kingdom Come [Nominated]
Lyricist of the Year [Nominated]
MVP of the Year [Nominated]
2006 
Hustler of the Year [Won]

Brit Awards
2010 
Best International Male Solo Artist [Won]
Best International Album, The Blueprint 3 [Nominated]
2009 
Best International Male Solo Artist [Nominated]


Grammy Awards
2010 
Best Rap Solo Performance, "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" [Won]'
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group, "Money Goes, Honey Stays" with Fabolous [Nominated]
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "Run This Town" with Rihanna and Kanye West [Won]'
Best Rap Song, "Run This Town" with Rihanna and Kanye West [Won]'
Best Rap Song, "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" [Nominated]
2009 
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group, "Mr. Carter" with Lil Wayne [Nominated]
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group, "Swagga Like Us" with T.I., Kanye West, and Lil Wayne [Won]
Best Rap Song, "Swagga Like Us" with T.I., Kanye West, and Lil Wayne [Nominated]
Best Rap Album, American Gangster [Nominated]
Best Rap Solo Performance, "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...)" [Nominated]
2008 
Record of the Year, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Nominated]
Song of the Year, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Nominated]
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Won]
Best Rap Album, Kingdom Come [Nominated]
Best Rap Solo Performance, "Show Me What You Got" [Nominated]
2007 
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "Deja Vu" with Beyonce [Nominated]
Best R&B Song, "Deja Vu" with Beyonce [Nominated]
2006 
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "Numb/Encore" with Linkin Park [Won]
2005 
Best Rap Song, "99 Problems" [Nominated]
Best Rap Solo Performance, "99 Problems" [Won]
Best Rap Album, The Black Album [Nominated]
2004 
Best Rap Album, The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse [Nominated]
Best Rap Song, "Excuse Me Miss" with Pharrell [Nominated]
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "Frontin'" with Pharrell [Nominated]
Best R&B Song, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Won]
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [won]
Record of the Year, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Nominated]
2003 
Best Male Rap Solo Performance, "Song Cry" [Nominated]
2002 
Best Rap Solo Performance, "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" [Nominated]
Best Rap Performance By a Duo or a Group, "Change the Game" with Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel [Nominated]
Best Rap Album, The Blueprint [Nominated]
2001 
Best Rap Performance By a Duo or a Group, "Big Pimpin'" with UGK [Nominated]
Best Rap Album, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter [Nominated]
1999 
Best Rap Album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life [Won]
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group, "Money Ain't a Thang" with Jermaine Dupri [Nominated]
Best Rap Solo Performance, "Hard Knock Life" [Nominated]

Mobo Awards
2009 
Best International Act [Nominated]
2008 
Best Hip-Hop [Nominated]
2007 
Best Video, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Nominated]
2006 
Best International Male [Won]
Best Song, "Deja Vu" with Beyonce [Won]
Best Video, "Deja Vu" with Beyonce [Won]
2004 
Best Album, The Black Album [Nominated]
Best Hip-Hop [Nominated]
Best Video, "99 Problems" [Nominated]
2003 
Best Hip-Hop [Nominated]
Best Song, "Crazy In Love" with Beyonce [Nominated]
Best Video, "Crazy In Love" with Beyonce [Nominated]
1999 
Best International Act [Nominated]
Best International Hip-Hop Act [Won]
Best International Single, "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" [Nominated]

MTV Europe Music Awards
2009 
Best Male [Nominated]
Best Urban [Won]
2007 
Most Addictive Track, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Nominated]
2004 
Best Video, "99 Problems" [Nominated]
Best Male [Nominated]
Best Hip-Hop [Nominated]
2003 
Best Song, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Won]
Best Hip-Hop [Nominated]

MTV Video Music Awards
2009 
Best Male Video, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" [Nominated]
Best Hip-Hop Video, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" [Nominated]
2007 
Video of the Year, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Won]
Monster Single of the Year, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Won]
Best Direction in a Video, "Umbrella" with Rihanna [Nominated]
Quadruple Threat of the Year [Nominated]
2004 
Video of the Year, "99 Problems" [Nominated]
Best Male Video, "99 Problems" [Nominated]
Best Rap Video, "99 Problems" [Won]
Best Direction in a Video, "99 Problems" [Won]
Best Editing in a Video, "99 Problems" [Won]
Best Cinematography in a Video, "99 Problems" [Won]
2003 
Best Female Video, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Won]
Best R&B Video, "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce [Won]
Best Hip-Hop Video, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" with Beyonce [Nominated]
2001 
Best Rap Video, "I Just Wanna Luv U (Give It 2 Me)" [Nominated]
2000 
Best Rap Video, "Big Pimpin'" with UGK [Nominated]
1999 
Best Rap Video, "Can I Get a..." with Ja Rule and Amil [Won]
Best Video from a Film, "Can I Get a..." with Ja Rule and Amil [Nominated]
Viewer's Choice, "Can I Get a..." with Ja Rule and Amil [Nominated]

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