Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American rapper, songwriter and record producer, Jay-Z.
Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Corey Carter) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and also one of the most acclaimed rappers of all time.
Here are a few interesting facts about Jay-Z:
1. His real name is Shawn Corey Carter. The name Jay-Z evolved from the nickname of his childhood, when he was called "Jazzy."
2. He holds the record for most chart-topping albums by a solo artist with his 11 No.1 albums on the Billboard 200.
3. Jay-Z often writes songs about his tough early days living in Brooklyn's Marcy projects.
4. He would run into the corner store, The Bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice, anything just to get a paper bag, and he would write words and lyrics on the paper.
Jay-Z began his musical career during the mid 1990s, and in 1996, he released his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt. The album achieved and gained widespread critical and commercial success. The album was released a year after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records.
Jay-Z's business activities and life outside of music has also received significant mainstream attention. Jay-Z is the owner of sports bar 40/40 Club, and co-creator of the Rocawear clothing line. Prior to that, he was also the president of Def Jam Recordings, and is the founder of the Roc Nation entertainment company.
Jay-Z is one of the world's best-selling music artists, winning no less than 21 Grammy Awards. He has the most No.1 albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 (as stated earlier) and has recorded four No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jay-Z is the first rapper that was honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017 and received the "Salute to Industry Icons Award" at the 60th Grammy Awards.
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