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Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Recommend

    It was a good read, the author did a good joinfo getting a lot of analysis from those Jay-Z trampled over on his way to the top, and also gave the reader a good perspective on how he "does business".

    However the author portrayed Jay-Z as a hard worker (to get where he's at) I'd like to read some points or speculations into what made his success possible beyond hard work. What opportunities were he given that others around him weren't given? There's been plenty of illuminati theorists out there... If that's true, it should be included as a factor of his success.

    Then again, it's probably difficult to hold credibility when writing about a secret / conspiracy.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Jay-Z is everywhere these days with the opening of the new Barcl

    Jay-Z is everywhere these days with the opening of the new Barclay's Center and the debut of the Brooklyn Nets. The highlights of his life are pretty well known: his drug dealing days, entry into the world of hip-hop, some of his romantic history. Empire State of Mind chronicles his moves as a businessman and the stories behind the mega-deals and branding he has been associated with.

    While we are familiar with his clothing brands, his nightclubs, and stint as the head of Def Jam, Greenburg shows us the plans that either never came through because of Jay's need for perfection or were kept under raps because of his need for secrecy. Some of the people interviewed were obviously reluctant to speak about someone who admittedly still holds a lot of power in the world of hip-hop. But Greenburg doesn't give up; especially when tracking down the ultra secret story behind a deal with Jeep that never happened.

    Perfect for Jay-Z fans as well as for those who enjoy a good business biography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    This book started slow, almost dropped it. Interesting look at how JayZ does business.

    Slow start. Got good in the middle.

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