Jay-Z’s biographyThe world knows numerous examples of people born into poverty reaching the levels of success, unattainable to ordinary people. However, Jay-Z’s life story might just top it all.
ChildhoodJay-Z’s life began in Brooklyn, in Marcy Houses, a housing project. Shawn (rapper’s real name) was born on December 4, 1969, to Gloria Carter and Adnis Reeves.
Shawn’s parents were very fond of music and had a great vinyl record collection, and although they weren’t rich by all means, they lived comfortably up until the early ’80s. However, right after Shawn’s uncle was mugged and killed on the street, his father, Adnis, started doing drugs and abandoned his family, leaving Gloria struggling alone with four kids.
After his local high school got closed down, Shawn enrolled in George Westinghouse Jr. High School of Career and Technical Education, where he met future rappers The Notorious B.I.G and Busta Rhymes. His mother encouraged his interest in music and gifted the boy a cheap boom box, where he recorded his first freestyle rap and music.
Beginning of music careerAt the beginning of the ’90s Shawn came back home from Trenton and it was his last time dealing drugs there. He started taking his career in music more seriously, began rapping and perfecting his rhymes and lyrics, wrote about his life on the street experience, and his disapproval of Reaganomics and social injustice. As soon as he had enough material, he went searching for a producer.
Rap KingVol.2: Hard Knock Life became Jay-Z’s most commercially successful project – more than 5 million copies were eventually sold and the singles became every radio station’s hits. Jay-Z became a household name in 1998, although some evil gossipers claimed that the rapper’s success can be only attributed to Tupac’s untimely death in 1996 and The Notorious B.I.G.’s passing away in 1997. Jay was understandably very frustrated and discouraged by this gossip: he had the utmost respect for Tupac and has been friends with Biggie since college. Once again his only outlet was his music. In the period from 1997 to 2002, Jay-Z put out more hits than any other performer and became an iconic figure in the music industry.
In the summer of 2018, Jay-Z and Beyoncé kicked-off their UK tour, where they unveiled the much-awaited joint studio album Everything Is Love, credited under the name The Carters. The tour was continued in France and various other European countries.