In June of that year, Jay-Z released his debut album, During those years, the rapper released a slew of No. His most popular songs from this period include "Big Pimpin'," "I Just Wanna Love U," "Izzo (H. Jay-Z's most acclaimed album of this period was and announcing that it would be his last solo record before retirement. This trio of albums marked a significant departure from Jay-Z's earlier sound, incorporating stronger rock and soul influences in their production and offering lyrics that tackled such mature subjects as the response to Hurricane Katrina, Barack Obama's 2008 election and the perils of fame and fortune.
Asked to explain his sudden exit from rap, Jay-Z said that he once derived inspiration from trying to outshine other great MCs, but had simply gotten bored due to a lack of competition. "I love when someone makes a hot album and then you've got to make a hot album. Jay-Z noted he was trying to adapt his music to befit his own middle age.
The service gained a reasonable stream of followers — a touted 1 million in September 2015 — but also endured a revolving door of top management and legal issues.
In early 2017, Jay-Z agreed to sell a 33 percent stake of Tidal to telecommunications giant Sprint.
It was at this point that Shawn Carter embraced the nickname Jay-Z, which was simultaneously an homage to Jaz-O, a play on Carter's childhood nickname of "Jazzy" and a reference to the J/Z subway station near his Brooklyn home.
Even with a stage name, Jay-Z remained relatively anonymous until he and two friends, Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, founded their own record label, Roc-a-Fella Records, in 1996. A.)" and "03 Bonnie & Clyde," a duet with future bride Beyoncé Knowles.
The album proved to be a triple hit, topping the rap, R&B and pop charts shortly after its August release.
It went on to garner multiple Grammy nominations, winning the Grammy for Best Rap Performance with "Otis," which sampled the late R&B singer Otis Redding.
Rapper Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York.In 2013 he launched a full-service sports management company, Roc Nation Sports, and sold his Brooklyn Nets shares in order to pursue certification as a sports agent.As Jay-Z once rapped about his business empire, "I'm not a businessman / I'm a business, man."The business of Jay-Z made headlines once again in March 2015, when he and several of his high-powered friends, including Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Jack White, announced the relaunch of Tidal, a streaming music service."There's not a lot of people who have come of age in rap because it's only 30 years old," he said."As more people come of age, hopefully the topics get broader and then the audience will stay around longer."Jay-Z next teamed up with former Roc-A-Fella protégé Kanye West for 2011's .This super deal created a joint venture called Roc Nation, an entertainment company that handles nearly all aspects of its artists' careers.Along with Jay-Z, Roc Nation signed such top artists as Rihanna, Shakira and T. Jay-Z's other business ventures include the popular urban clothing line Rocawear and Roc-a-Fella Films.During a rough adolescence, detailed in many of his autobiographical songs, Shawn Carter dealt drugs and flirted with gun violence. As Jay-Z later recalled in one of his songs ("December 4th"): "I went to school, got good grades, could behave when I wanted/But I had demons deep inside that would raise when confronted."Carter turned to rap at a young age as an escape from the drugs, violence and poverty that surrounded him in the Marcy Projects.He attended multiple high schools, including George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in downtown Brooklyn, where he was a classmate of the soon-to-be-martyred rap legend Notorious B. In 1989, he joined the rapper Jaz-O—an older performer who served as a kind of mentor—to record a song called "The Originators," which won the pair an appearance on an episode of .He also owns the 40/40 Club, an upscale sports bar that opened in New York City and later added venues in Atlantic City and Las Vegas (since closed), as well as Atlanta.A part-owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team since 2004, Jay-Z helped spur the relocation of the franchise to a brand-new home in downtown Brooklyn, the Barclays Center, in 2012.