Real Name: Shawn Corey Carter
Born: 4 December 1969
Height: 6' 1.5" / 1.87 m
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Hometown: New York, USA
Did you know?
Jay-Z attended high school with fellow would-be rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.
He, Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs created Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995.
Jay-Z's 1998 hit 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)' samples the musical Annie.
In 2004, Jay-Z was named president of hip-hop leaders Def Jam Records.
When Jay-Z headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2008 he opened with Oasis's 'Wonderwall'.
First Single: In My Lifetime
First Album: Reasonable Doubt
First Big Top 40 No.1: Run This Town