Does Jay-Z Have a Favorite Rapper?

Jay-Z smiling while wearing black sunglasses and a white jacket at the 2020 Grammy Awards pre-show.
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How did Jay-Z become a rapper?

Born Shawn Cory Carter on Dec. 4, 1989, Jay-Z grew up in Brooklyn, New York. When he was younger,

Jay-Z recently inked a $302 million deal with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Square. Through the agreement, the “Song Cry” rapper gave Dorsey’s company his stake in Tidal. Jay-Z launched the streaming service in 2015 in partnership with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, and several other artists. The billionaire’s latest venture is one reason why many music lovers credit him as one of the greatest rappers of all time. However, is Jay-Z influenced by any other lyricists? 

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How did Jay-Z become a rapper?

Born Shawn Cory Carter on Dec. 4, 1989, Jay-Z grew up in Brooklyn, New York. When he was younger, his mother, Gloria Carter, introduced him to music. Although he found his passion for music early on, Jay-Z has admitted that he spent most of his youth as a drug dealer. Eventually, the “Empire State of Mind” artist sold CDs outside of his car until record label executives noticed his talents. In 1996, he released his first album, Reasonable Doubt, under his label, Roc A Fella Records. 

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Reasonable Doubt included songs such as “Can’t Knock the Hustle” and “Brooklyn’s Finest.” After the success of his first album, Jay-Z continued to create chart-topping songs. Some of his biggest hits included “Big Pimpin’,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and “Holy Grail.” Jay-Z also has 23 Grammy wins under his belt and is considered one of the greatest lyricists in the music industry. 

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Which rappers does Jay-Z admire? 

Thank you to all the people that have inspired me . Rakim KANE KRS chuck cube Jaz Em Andre Nas big PAC cole kendrick chance jayE ..wait,

— Mr. Carter (@sc) June 16, 2017

Over the past two decades, Jay-Z has made his mark in the world of music. Since 2001, he and Beyoncé have become one of the most influential couples in entertainment. Together, the couple created several successful songs such as “Drunk In Love” and “Crazy In Love.” The pair also joined forces in 2018 with their album; Everything Is Love. Additionally, the Carters have three children- Blue Ivy Carter, Sir Carter, and Rumi Carter. 

In June 2017, former President Barack Obama called Jay-Z “the greatest rapper of all time.” While congratulating the rapper on making it into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Obama said that he’d

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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