The only legacy that Sean received from parents, a black skin color. Relatives helped the boy to provide a living wage only. However, to live one day and could barely make ends meet ambitious young man did not like. Moreover, the prospect of being left alone with him in adult life after high school terrified Sean. However, Shawn found a modest job. He worked in a grocery store, worked hard for a pittance for 14 hours a day. Future rapper believed that the employer is about to offer him a worthy place. But this did not happen, and Sean was back on the street. However, while the father of Sean lived with his family, and mores resist Brooklyn street boy still could. But when her parents divorced, then Carter had presented himself and the street where it is constantly bossed criminals and drug traffickers. Making a living Sean started since adolescence, even resorted to illegal methods. Vents, however, is in its enthusiasm hip-hop young man wrote the lyrics and dreamed of becoming a rapper.
Cash Carter found the work itself. Not surprisingly, in search of light and a lot of money, he began to sell drugs. Customers call him not only as Lou Ferrigno, and after the Incredible Hulk.
Carter's life has changed, the values of life have remained unchanged. Sean tried to make excuses, that went to the dealers because of the lack of money, reluctance to live from hand to mouth and dress in second-hand. However, no one wants to work at a place like this. However, a major drug dealer Sean did not, but in the life of luxury he lacked. However, instead of the villa he lived in a mobile home, but it was fastened to the chic "Lexus." His friend Gesu Sean obliged artist's career. The young man at the same time partner checked at the future frame musical ear. However, drug traffickers, and began his career in 1990. Then Sean Carter appeared nickname Jezzie, after which it was transformed into Jay-Z.
But the sensational debut of rapper from Brooklyn came in 1996. From that time I began a rapid career. Jay-Z began to release the album every year and always accompanied by the millions. Hits are starting to shoot like a machine gun. Simultaneously, Sean label Roc-a-Fella Records dynasty turns into a whole. Compete with the actor on the musical theme the market is becoming more difficult with each passing day.
However, the music does not stop Sean and begins to work in related fields. For example, Jay-Z developed a successful line of clothing called Roca Wear, and went up to the top, it starts to finance Hollywood pictures. Considerable success accompanied in the rap industry. Sean Carter and his label has opened a huge list of names and he produced. And he, as an artist, began to appear in the charts, on television, on the radio and in the press. At the same time with every song and every album Sean brings something new to the industry. Well, now all in order. The ascent to the musical Olympus lasted about ten years. At first, Shawn helps young rapper from New York Jaz-O. The artist has had a contract with the company, but even a hint of success was not. But the rapper shared with Jay-Z and his experience to navigate in the rap industry. With him were made the first record, and then the Brooklyn rapper was playing in the group Original Flavor.
Without waiting for success, Jay-Z reveals his label Roc-a-Fella Records. Friends help him Kareem Burke and Damon Dash. Spreading discs consent of Priority Records. In 1996, Jay-Z released his first-born - an album called «Reasonable Doubt». The plate was appreciated by rap fans from New York. Then gradually I gave up and all of America. The most spectacular was a single on the album - a duet with Foxy Brown, «Is not No Nigga». To build a career for sure, the rapper began to cooperate only with the most daring and fashion producers, such as Clark Kent, Teddy Riley, Timbaland and others. And for his career, Sean was able to record almost all significant rap artists.
The audience was waiting for the second album. «In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 "was prepared in 1997. He's already got the third place pop charts. In the records there was an abundance of duets with celebrities, such as Puff Daddy and Lil 'Kim. Magnificent had a team of producers and arrangers. However, in this record it was obvious from the discharge of gangster rap in the direction of pop-rap. The second volume of the album «Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life »was released a year later. He was still further it gangsta rap. But this time it was a requirement of the producers who did record a commercially attractive. As a result, the album has found even more fans and led the US pop chart for five weeks. Reported success record prize Grammy.
The following records rapper certainly ascended to the top of Billboard 200. Such a fate awaited fourth album «Vol. 3 ... Life And Times Of S. Carter» in 1999. Here, almost every song was brought separate singer or rapper. Besides, she is doing a sound each time a single producer. This disc was the most pompous and a long career in Jay-Z. Fifth Long-play «Dynasty Roc la Familia» was released in 2000 and became a multi-platinum. Here again prevailed collective creativity. Guest rappers began to Memphis Bleek, Emil, Bini Saydzhel. But this time the bet was made on the new unknown producers, but professionals. New album «Blueprint» came out the following year. In the same year the artist became hedlanerom the show Hot 97's Summer Jam 2001 with the hit «Takeover». It is worth noting that after the song started this record duel between Jay-Z and his colleagues Prodigy and Nas. For musicians and hassle watched all fans that spurred interest in the person of artists. Total rapper has recorded 11 albums and 5 own joint projects.
Problems with law
With law Sean was not a simple relationship. And in 2001, the situation has worsened. Three years probation rapper received a beating, which was awarded the producer Lance River in night clubs in New York. By the way, with the help and active musically prolific musician band recorded their album Roots in 2001. A year later, together with R. Kelly, Sean released «Best of Both Worlds». And after he released his double-disc «The BlueprintІ: The Gift & the Curse». At the plate, by the way, made a bet on the cover of Tupac «'03 Bonnie & Clyde», her Jay-Z sang with Beyonce. This work was the beginning of the relationship. In mid-2003, he sang for the rapper's hit singer «Crazy Love», and by the end of the year named artist of his bride.
Now Jay-Z is determined to be a businessman. It produces not only clothing but also shoes. He writes books, music, and even earn special rewards.
Jay-Z can be briefly heard on several of Jaz-O's early recordings in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "The Originators" and "Hawaiian Sophie. " Jay-Z became embroiled in several battles with rapper LL Cool J in the early 1990s. He first became known to a wide audience on the posse cut "Show and Prove" on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddy's Home. Jay-Z has been referred to as Big Daddy Kane's hype man during this period, although Kane explains that he didn't fill the traditional hype man role, and was instead "basically ma[king] cameo appearances on stage. When I would leave the stage to go change outfits, I would bring out Jay-Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I came back to the stage. " The young Jay-Z appeared on a popular song by Big L, "Da Graveyard", and on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build", which also featured early appearances by DMX and Ja Rule in 1995. His first official rap single was called "In My Lifetime", for which he released a music video. An unreleased music video was also produced for the B-side "I Can't Get with That. "