Jay Z‘s first hit, “Dead Presidents,” became an international success, and he has since won 19 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million albums worldwide. His albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album were all featured on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Shawn Corey Carter known professionally as Jay Z (formerly Jay-Z), is an American rapper, businessman and investor. Shawn Carter was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Marcy Houses, a housing project in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
His interest in creating music exploded after receiving a boom box from his mother on his 12th birthday, and his nickname evolved from “Jazzy” to “Jay-Z.”
He married Beyonce Knowles on April 4, 2008 and they had their first daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7, 2012.