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Jay-Z: Successful Rapper and Producer

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Jay-Z is currently the president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. This retired rapper was born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. His real name is Shawn Corey Carter and he has been one of the most successful and popular rappers in the United States. He became a respected rapper in the music industry before surprisingly retiring in 2003. He was one of the founders of a hip hop record label called Roc-A-Fella Records. This recording company promoted the careers of rap/hip hop artists like Kanye West, Young Gunz, Freeway, Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel.

Instead of signing with a major record label, Jay-Z decided to create Roc-A-Fella Records, his own independent label. In 1996, this artist made a deal with Priority Records and released Reasonable Doubt, his first album. Reasonable Doubt featured an appearance by The Notorious B.I.G. and beats from DJ Clark Kent and DJ Premier. In 2003, this artist finished The Black Album, which was supposedly his last and went on tour with Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and 50 Cent. Despite announcing his retirement, he continued to rap on side projects such as a greatest hits record and concert appearances with Linkin Park, R. Kelly and Phish, which created speculation on the fans about a possible return of this artist.

Some songs of Jay-Z are: “I’ll Be”, “Hard Knock Life”, “Heartbreaker”, “Big Pimpin’”, “I Just Wanna Luv U”, “Fiesta”, “03 Bonnie & Clyde”, “Change Clothes”, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “99 Problems.”

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