Jay-Z Biography & News
Is Jay-Z mired in a family feud?
Jay-Z has undertaken plenty of musical endeavors in the last calendar year, but you wouldn't know it based on recent headlines. In fact, his nine nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards – more than any other artist – is barely a footnote when you consider the current reasons tongues are wagging about the rap superstar.
Yes, it's true that Jay-Z appeared on wife Beyonce's self-titled fifth studio album, "Beyonce," with a feature on the song "Drunk in Love." It's also true they performed the song together at the Grammy Awards opening. But the only reason people have been talking about the power couple lately is due to a physical provocation between Jay-Z and Beyonce's sister Solange during an annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In early May, Jay-Z was part of a one-sided brawl when Solange attacked him in an elevator at a New York hotel. Leaked surveillance footage that has been played countless times on television and online show him deflecting the blows, but otherwise making no aggressive moves to counter the attack. Still, his reputation appeared in question and was unceremoniously dragged through the mud until a joint statement was issued proclaiming that Jay-Z, Beyonce and Solange had moved past the incident.
Of course Jay-Z and Beyonce couldn't escape the rumor mill for long. By the end of the month, they were reportedly no-shows at the wedding of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Jay-Z was rumored to be the best man on the big day, but apparently skipped out on the nuptials at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
'The Greatest Rapper of All-Time' (Updated July 11, 2013)
He grew up as the man of the house, and now Sean Corey Carter – better known by his stage name Jay-Z – is one of the most successful entertainment moguls in the world. A rapper, producer and entrepreneur, this kid from the projects is worth an estimated $500 million (and rising).
Every kid in the Marcy Houses of Brooklyn probably one day dreams of a rags-to-riches story, but Jay-Z turned that dream to reality. After his father abandoned the family, he learned to support himself as an aspiring rapper known in the neighborhood by the nickname "Jazzy." After shortening that moniker to Jay-Z, he also learned the ins and outs of the industry before making the decision to start his own label rather than land in the fold of an established outfit. It was an unconventional decision, but the launch of Roc-a-Fella Records was another step in the right direction for the eventual kingpin of the rap world.
Jay-Z's debut album, "Reasonable Doubt," set the ball rolling on a career that now includes 12 studio albums. The latest, 2013's "Magna Carta…Holy Grail," which some critics have labeled "safe and adventurous," have him in a tug of war with success and regret on the album, not to mention class and race. Still, as NPR put it, "He may be getting too old to be the best rapper alive, but it's a fool's argument…that he's not the greatest rapper of all time."
Away from the mic, Jay-Z has plenty of other things to keep him busy. He co-owns a chain of sports bars known as the 40/40 Club, has a minority stake in the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports, and is a certified sports agent. Most talked about, however, is his personal life. He married R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles in 2008. They had a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012.
|Album name||Release date|
|Watch the Throne||2011|
|The Hits Collection, Volume 1||2010|
|Run This Town / Posthumus Zone||2010|
|The Blueprint 3||2009|
|DJ Hero Renegade Edition (disc 2)||2009|
|Empire State of Mind||2009|
|What If Dilla Produced the Blueprint?||2009|
|Live at Glastonbury 2008||2008|
|My President Is Black||2008|
|I Get Money (Forbes 1, 2, 3 remix)||2007|
|Show Me What You Got||2006|
|God's Gift: The Nas/Jay-Z Project (Mixed by Mick Boogie & Joey Fingaz)||2005|
|99 Problems / Dirt Off Your Shoulder||2004|
|S.Carter Collection Mixtape||2003|
|Stop / Excuse Me Miss Again||2003|
|The Black Album||2003|
|Bring It On (The Best Of)||2003|
|La-La-La (Excuse Me Again)||2003|
|'03 Bonnie & Clyde (feat. Beyonce Knowles)||2002|
|The Best of Both Worlds||2002|
|Take You Home With Me a.k.a. Body||2002|
|The Dynasty: Roc La Familia||2000|
|I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)||2000|
|Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter||1999|
|Can I Get a... (feat. Amil & Ja Rule)||1999|
|A Million and One Questions||1998|
|Wishing on a Star||1998|
|Be Alone No More||1998|
|Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life||1998|
|Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)||1998|
|Sunshine (feat. Babyface & Foxy Brown)||1997|
|In My Lifetime, Vol. 1||1997|
|In My Lifetime, Vol. 1||1997|
|Can't Knock the Hustle (Fool's Paradise remix)||1996|
Top 10 Jay-Z Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||Dirt Off Your Shoulder||94,121||43,843|
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Jay-Z Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 09/27/2014 New York NY Central Park 09/27/2014 New York NY Great Lawn at Central Park 09/13/2014 Paris Ile Stade de France 09/12/2014 Paris Ile Stade de France 08/06/2014 San Francisco CA AT&T Park 08/05/2014 San Francisco CA AT&T Park 08/03/2014 Pasadena CA Rose Bowl 08/02/2014 Pasadena CA Rose Bowl 07/30/2014 Seattle WA Safeco Field 07/27/2014 Winnipeg MB Investors Group Field 07/24/2014 Chicago IL Soldier Field 07/22/2014 Arlington TX AT&T Stadium 07/20/2014 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 07/18/2014 Houston TX Minute Maid Park 07/15/2014 Atlanta GA Georgia Dome 07/12/2014 East Rutherford NJ MetLife Stadium 07/11/2014 East Rutherford NJ MetLife Stadium 07/09/2014 Toronto ON Rogers Centre 07/07/2014 Baltimore MD M&T Bank Stadium 07/05/2014 Philadelphia PA Citizens Bank Park 07/01/2014 Foxborough MA Gillette Stadium 06/28/2014 Cincinnati OH Great American Ball Park 06/25/2014 Miami Gardens FL Sun Life Stadium 03/11/2014 Austin TX ACL Live At The Moody Theater 01/31/2014 University Park PA Bryce Jordan Center 01/30/2014 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 01/29/2014 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 01/27/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 01/24/2014 Montreal QC Bell Centre 01/22/2014 Newark NJ Prudential Center 01/21/2014 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 01/19/2014 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum 01/18/2014 Boston MA TD Garden 01/17/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 01/16/2014 Washington DC Verizon Center 01/13/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 01/12/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 01/10/2014 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 01/09/2014 Chicago IL United Center 01/08/2014 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 01/05/2014 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 01/04/2014 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 01/02/2014 Sunrise FL BB&T Center
Jay-Z Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/28/2013 Birmingham AL BJCC Arena 12/27/2013 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 12/21/2013 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 12/20/2013 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 12/19/2013 Houston TX Toyota Center 12/18/2013 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 12/14/2013 Las Vegas NV Mandalay Bay Events Center 12/13/2013 Las Vegas NV Mandalay Bay Events Center 12/11/2013 San Jose CA SAP Center 12/10/2013 Fresno CA Save Mart Center 12/09/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/07/2013 San Diego CA Valley View Casino Center 12/06/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 12/02/2013 Denver CO Pepsi Center 12/01/2013 Lincoln NE Pinnacle Bank Arena 11/30/2013 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 10/29/2013 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 10/28/2013 Cologne NW Lanxess Arena 10/27/2013 Hamburg HH O2 World Hamburg 10/25/2013 Johanneshov Sto Ericsson Globe Arena 10/23/2013 Oslo 03 Oslo Spektrum 10/21/2013 Merksem Van Antwerps Sportpaleis 10/20/2013 Zurich ZH Hallenstadion 10/18/2013 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 10/17/2013 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 10/14/2013 London The O2 10/12/2013 London The O2 10/11/2013 London The O2 10/10/2013 London The O2 10/08/2013 Birmingham Warwickshire NIA Academy 10/06/2013 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 10/04/2013 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 10/03/2013 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 08/25/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/16/2013 Miami Gardens FL Sun Life Stadium 08/13/2013 Philadelphia PA Citizens Bank Park 08/11/2013 Boston MA Fenway Park 08/10/2013 Boston MA Fenway Park 08/08/2013 Baltimore MD M&T Bank Stadium 08/06/2013 Detroit MI Ford Field 08/04/2013 Hershey PA Star Pavilion 08/04/2013 Hershey PA Hersheypark Stadium 07/31/2013 Vancouver BC BC Place Stadium 07/28/2013 Pasadena CA Rose Bowl 07/26/2013 San Francisco CA Candlestick Park 07/22/2013 Chicago IL Soldier Field 07/20/2013 Bronx NY Yankee Stadium 07/19/2013 Bronx NY Yankee Stadium 07/17/2013 Toronto ON Rogers Centre 07/14/2013 London Lnd Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 07/13/2013 London Lnd Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Jay-Z Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/31/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/06/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/05/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/04/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/03/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/01/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 09/30/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 09/29/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 09/28/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 09/02/2012 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 09/01/2012 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 09/01/2012 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 06/11/2012 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 06/08/2012 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 06/02/2012 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 05/24/2012 Zurich ZH Hallenstadion 02/07/2012 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium 02/06/2012 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium
Jay-Z Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/18/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 12/17/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 12/16/2011 Tacoma WA Tacoma Dome 12/14/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 12/13/2011 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/12/2011 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/11/2011 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/09/2011 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 12/06/2011 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 12/05/2011 Houston TX Toyota Center 12/03/2011 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 12/01/2011 Chicago IL United Center 11/30/2011 Chicago IL United Center 11/29/2011 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 11/27/2011 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 11/26/2011 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/24/2011 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/23/2011 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/22/2011 Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/21/2011 Boston MA TD Garden 11/19/2011 Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk Hall 11/18/2011 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 11/15/2011 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 11/14/2011 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 11/08/2011 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/07/2011 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/06/2011 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 11/05/2011 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 11/03/2011 Washington DC Verizon Center 11/02/2011 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 11/01/2011 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 10/30/2011 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 10/29/2011 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 10/28/2011 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 09/24/2011 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jay-Z Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 09/14/2010 Bronx NY Yankee Stadium 09/14/2010 Bronx NY Yankee Stadium 09/13/2010 Bronx NY Yankee Stadium 09/03/2010 Detroit MI Comerica Park 09/02/2010 Detroit MI Comerica Park 07/04/2010 London London Hyde Park 03/27/2010 Las Vegas NV Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 03/26/2010 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 03/24/2010 San Jose CA SAP Center 03/22/2010 Denver CO Pepsi Center 03/20/2010 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 03/19/2010 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center 03/18/2010 Chicago IL United Center 03/16/2010 Pittsburgh PA Mellon Arena 03/14/2010 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 03/13/2010 Atlantic City NJ The Borgata Outdoor Entertainment Complex 03/12/2010 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum 03/11/2010 Boston MA TD Garden 03/07/2010 Norfolk VA Scope 03/06/2010 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 03/05/2010 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 03/03/2010 Washington DC Verizon Center 03/02/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 02/28/2010 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex 02/27/2010 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 02/25/2010 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 02/23/2010 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 02/22/2010 Houston TX Toyota Center 02/20/2010 Sunrise FL BB&T Center
Jay-Z Tour Dates 2009
date city state venue 11/22/2009 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 11/20/2009 El Paso TX Don Haskins Center 11/19/2009 Albuquerque NM Tingley Coliseum 11/17/2009 Lubbock TX United Supermarkets Arena 11/13/2009 Nashville TN Memorial Gym 11/12/2009 Champaign IL State Farm Center 11/08/2009 Los Angeles CA Pauley Pavilion 11/07/2009 Fresno CA Save Mart Center 11/01/2009 Kanata ON Scotiabank Place 10/31/2009 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 10/30/2009 Montreal QC Bell Centre 10/28/2009 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 10/27/2009 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 10/25/2009 Amherst MA Mullins Center 10/24/2009 Providence RI Dunkin Donuts Center 10/22/2009 Cleveland OH Wolstein Center 10/21/2009 Ypsilanti MI Eastern Michigan University 10/17/2009 Seattle WA Key Arena 10/16/2009 Vancouver BC General Motors Place (Canada Hockey Place) 10/14/2009 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 10/13/2009 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 10/10/2009 Highland Heights KY Bank of Kentucky Center 10/09/2009 University Park PA Bryce Jordan Center