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From the origins of his stage name, family life and his friendship with the President - Capital takes an alphabetical look at the rapper's extensive career.
The star has won this prestigious award three times, under the category of favourite rap/hip-hop album.
The rapper married the Destiny's Child star in 2008 during a private wedding ceremony.
Jay-Z has been involved with several huge collaborations - most recently the 'Watch The Throne' album alongside Kanye West.
Jay-Z was born on December 4th 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is set to celebrate his 44th birthday later this year.
This collaboration with Alicia Keys was a top ten hit in a number of countries across the world, and was a reflection of Jay-Z’s love for New York City, where he grew up as a child.
Jay was the executive producer for the soundtrack to the new movie The Great Gatsby - starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The '99 problems' star has received an amazing 17 Grammys to date, including Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Album.
Alongside P Diddy, the generous star pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross following the devastating Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.
Ivy is the middle name of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter who was born on January 7th, 2012. Ivy could be a reference to Beyonce & Jay-Z’s love of the number 4, as the Roman numeral for 4 is IV.
Alongside his childhood nickname Jazzy, Jaz-O - an American rapper and producer in the 1980s was the main influence for the star's stage name Jay-Z.
The rapper has worked alongside Kanye in the music industry and also considers him a close friend, as he has reportedly spent £5K on Kim and Kanye’s new baby girl, North.
This is the rapper’s fourth studio album, which was released in 1998. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Chart and received mainly positive reviews from critics.
‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is the star’s twelfth studio album that was recently released on July 4th, 2013. The album features guest appearances by Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean.
Jay-Z co-owns the American basketball team the New Jersey Nets, now known as the Brooklyn Nets. However, the rapper has recently revealed he will be selling his 0.15% ownership stake in the pro basketball team.
The rapper is a good friend of the President and even finds himself pride of place on the POTUS' iPod.
The rapper has performed on many famous stages around the world, including the MTV Music Video Awards, the Grammys, and has even been the headline act at Glastonbury back in 2008.
Jay-Z famously stated: "I’m not a businessman… I’m a business, man."
This is a record label that the rapper co-founded in 1996. Since then a number of huge stars have been signed to the label, including the likes of Rihanna, Rita Ora and more recently, Kyle Minogue. Picture: Barcroft Media
Shawn Corey Carter is the birth name of the famous rapper, who created the name Jay-Z for his stage performances.
This is the number of studio albums the American Star has released. From his debut album 'Reasonable Doubt' in 1996 to his twelfth studio album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' , Jay-Z has dominated the music industry.
The rapper launched the clothing line Rocawear, which aimed to create a fresh and new way of approaching the fashion industry back in 1999. The brand is predominately male-orientated, but it has also produced a women and children's clothing line.
The '99 Problems' played a pivotal role in helping Barack Obama get re-elected in 2012. He hosted fundraisers with wife Beyonce and put on shows in support of The President.
The star is passionate about raising awareness of global water shortages, after becoming aware of the issue during a visit to Africa by Bono. He even created a documentary entitled Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life in 2006.
Jay-Z reportedly stated that he wanted to help X Factor Winner James Arthur crack America.
This is the title of the collaboration with Mr. Hudson in 2009. The song was from his eleventh studio album 'The Blueprint 3' and was produced by Kanye West.
Jay-Z’s star sign is Sagittarius, as he was born on December 4th. Sagittarius' tend to love adventure, travel and philosophy – the rapper clearly shows off these traits – especially as he has traveled all around the world!