Real Name:
Shawn Corey Carter
Born: December 4, 1969, Brooklyn, New York
Husband of Beyoncé and father of Blue Ivy Carter.
Owner of Tidal (3).

Brought up in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects, Jay-Z got his break in the music business in the late '80s when a fellow Marcy resident, The Jaz (later Big Jaz), got a record deal and had Jay-Z guest on a few tracks.

When The Jaz's deal came to an end, Jay-Z reverted to hustling in the streets to make money. This period gave him experiences which formed the basis for much of his later material.

During this time he did keep his hand in the rap game, appearing on a track with Big Daddy Kane and with the group Original Flavor, but it wasn't until the mid-90's that Jay-Z's focus really returned to hip-hop.

In 1996 he teamed up with Damon Dash and Kareem Burke to start a new label, Roc-A-Fella Records. The label's first single, 'Dead Presidents' was a big hit as was his debut album, "Reasonable Doubt".

Jay-Z then steadily built on this success, releasing album after album and bringing through new artists on his label, as well as expanding into merchandising, clothing and other sources of revenue.

In 2003, at the peak of his career, Jay-Z released what he claimed would be his last album, "The Black Album" to international acclaim.

In 2006 he came back from retirement to release the album "Kingdom Come". It was well received by the public, selling over a million copies, but garnered some criticism from hip-hop fans in regards to Jay-Z's new 'mature' style.

A year later he released the concept album "American Gangster". Jay-Z was allegedly inspired to make the album after watching the film of the same name, and the album focuses on similar themes as of the film.

Jay-Z Discography


74321 44720 1 Jaÿ-Z* Reasonable Doubt (Album) Priority Records, Freeze Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, Priority Records, Freeze Records, Roc-A-Fella Records 74321 44720 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
314 536 392-4 Jay-Z In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records 314 536 392-4 US 1997 Sell This Version
DEF 285-1 Jay-Z Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records DEF 285-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
DEF 400-1 Jay-Z Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records DEF 400-1 US 1999 Sell This Version
JZMC2 Jay-Z The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000- ) (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records JZMC2 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
314 586 395-2 Jay-Z The Blueprint (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records 314 586 395-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
314 586614-4 Jay-Z Unplugged (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records 314 586614-4 US 2001 Sell This Version
440063380-4 Jay-Z The Blueprint² The Gift & The Curse (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records 440063380-4 Malaysia 2002 Sell This Version
385922350-4 R. Kelly & Jay-Z R. Kelly & Jay-Z - The Best Of Both Worlds (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings, Jive 385922350-4 Malaysia 2002 Sell This Version
B0000297-02 Jay-Z Blueprint 2.1 (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records B0000297-02 US 2003 Sell This Version
UICD-6078 Jay-Z The Black Album (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records UICD-6078 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
B0003691-02 R. Kelly & Jay-Z R. Kelly & Jay-Z - Unfinished Business (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Roc-A-Fella Records, Rock Land Records, Jive, BMG B0003691-02 US 2004 Sell This Version
DEFF 16888-1 Jay-Z Kingdom Come (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records DEFF 16888-1 US 2006 Sell This Version
B0010230-02 Jay-Z American Gangster (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records B0010230-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
4690355001348 Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (Album) Roc Nation 4690355001348 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
none JAY Z* & Kanye West JAY Z* & Kanye West - Watch The Throne (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records none US 2011 Sell This Version
085701800418 Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail (Album) Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc Nation 085701800418 Brazil 2013 Sell This Version
none Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G. Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G. - Brooklyn - The Album We Never Got(Cass, Mixed, C80) Rob N Hood Records, Tape Kingz none US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ROC-001 Jaÿ-Z* In My Lifetime / I Can't Get Wid Dat (Single, Maxi) Roc-A-Fella Records ROC-001 US 1994 Sell This Version
GAS9P-90025 Shai (3) Featuring Jay-Z Shai (3) Featuring Jay-Z - I Don’t Wanna Be Alone (Single) Gasoline Alley Records GAS9P-90025 US 1996 Sell This Version
PVL 53233 Jaÿ-Z* Dead President$ / Ain't No Nigga (Maxi, Single) Roc-A-Fella Records, Freeze Records, Priority Records PVL 53233 US 1996 Sell This Version
PCDS 53251 Jaÿ-Z* Featuring Meli'sa Morgan Jaÿ-Z* Featuring Meli'sa Morgan - Can't Knock The Hustle (Single, Maxi) Roc-A-Fella Records PCDS 53251 US 1996 Sell This Version
ROC-003-PROMO Jay-Z Ain't No Nigg@ / Dead Presidents (Single) Roc-A-Fella Records, Priority Records, Freeze Records ROC-003-PROMO US 1996 Sell This Version
574 817-1 Foxy Brown Featuring Jay Z* Foxy Brown Featuring Jay Z* - I'll Be (Single) Def Jam Recordings 574 817-1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Jay-Z Ain't No Nigga (Maxi, Single) Northwestside Records none US 1996 Sell This Version