Jay-Z

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Jay-Z is one of hip-hop's biggest stars. The New York rapper has been successful in music for more than 15 years. His albums have sold millions and he's won many awards for his work. Jay's also found success in the business of hip-hop, too. His companies Roca Wear and Roc-Nation have been hugely successful. With Watch the Throne, Jay continues to make great music fans love.

Jay-Z is the story of how Jay went from selling drugs to selling records. Read about how Jay made smart ...

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Overview

Jay-Z is one of hip-hop's biggest stars. The New York rapper has been successful in music for more than 15 years. His albums have sold millions and he's won many awards for his work. Jay's also found success in the business of hip-hop, too. His companies Roca Wear and Roc-Nation have been hugely successful. With Watch the Throne, Jay continues to make great music fans love.

Jay-Z is the story of how Jay went from selling drugs to selling records. Read about how Jay made smart decisions early on in his career and how he's stayed successful ever since.

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Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
In a Reebok advertisement, Jay-Z once proclaimed, “I got my MBA from Marcy Projects.” Known today more for his hip-hop career and savvy business skills, Jay-Z never forgets his humble beginnings as a kid in the projects in Brooklyn. Marcy Projects was a tough place to grow up, and Earl outlines the reality of crack, addiction, and dealing drugs that Shawn Carter faced as a young man. Fortunately, Shawn had a talent for making up rhymes in his head and keeping them in his head, earning himself a nickname of “Jazzy.” Soon Shawn started calling himself Jay-Z, and under the tutelage of mentor Jaz-O started rapping with some of the biggest names in the business—Notorious B.I.G., DMX, Ja Rule, and more. Album by album, Jay-Z made a name for himself, exploring his range, building his own record company and clothing company, and topping chart after chart. Earl chooses to focus on a rags-to-riches narrative and shines a light on Jay-Z’s admirable rise from a kid in the projects to a multimillionaire businessman who has truly shaped his own image and style. Unfortunately, this volume of the series lacks the personal touch that other installments have. Chapters read more like a list of headlines, and two separate albums are identified as Jay-Z’s “ninth number-one album in a row,” causing reader confusion. The timeline at the end of the book provides details about more controversial aspects of Jay-Z’s life that are not addressed in the narrative. Reviewer: Leah Hanson; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422225202
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: Superstars of Hip-Hop Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Shawn from Marcy 7

2 Brooklyn's Finest 15

3 Building an Empire 23

4 Retirement and Return 31

5 The King of New York 37

Time Line 42

Discography 45

Find out More 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

Picture Credits 48

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