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Get to know Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee: Jay Z

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle
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CLEVELAND, OH - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on October, 30th. It's better to know the inductees before attending the event. Today, we're talking about JAY-Z.

Many consider him to be the finest rapper alive. JAY-Z (real name: Shawn Corey Carter) has a long list of achievements, including 22 Grammy Awards (the most in hip-hop history), being the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017, and having 14 number one albums (most ever by a solo artist).

Born in Brooklyn, JAY-Z rose to fame thanks to his autobiographical style of music, which was a combination of braggadocious swagger and comfortable vulnerability. His first recordings date back to 1986, but it was his innovative debut album Reasonable Doubt (1996), issued on his independent label Roc-A-Fella Records, that made him famous.

In 2003, he announced his short-lived retirement after he released The Black Album which featured one of his hits "99 Problems". He also collaborated with a wide variety of musicians such as Linkin Park, Kanye West, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, and his wife as well as fellow megastar Beyonce. His Magna Carta tour, which sold out in minutes, also proved that hip-hop could fill stadiums.

He has a slew of business ventures outside of music, including fashion, sports ownership, and music streaming, and he became hip-first hop's billionaire in 2019. As JAY-Z constantly says, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man."

He's performed at presidential inaugurations, organized political fundraisers, and been a vocal campaigner for civil rights. His 2017 song "The Story of O.J." was nominated for three Grammys, including Record of the Year, for bringing attention to systematic racism. Throughout it all, JAY-Z has kept his hip-hop essence while enjoying unrivaled commercial success.

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