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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. He is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history. Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z first began his musical career in the late 1980s; he co-founded the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995. Jay Z solidified his standing in the music industry; releasing 13 albums,

billionaire, Jay-Z has attained significant success and media attention for his career as a businessman. One of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 125 million records sold, Jay-Z has won 23 Grammy Awardsthe most by a rapper, and holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 (14). Additionally, he is a recipient of the NAACP's President's Award, and has been nominated for a Tony Award. Ranked by Billboard and Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Jay-Z was the first rapper honored in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the first solo living rapper inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2013, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

  1. “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”
    – Can I Live.From Jay-Z’s first album “Reasonable Doubt”. This line shows Jigga’s ambition to live life to the fullest even at the risk of death. Moral – Don’t sit back and let life fly by. Take massive action with all your effort.
  2. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.”– Blueprint 2. Moral – Learn from your mistakes and never give up.
  3. “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with the aim, just gotta change the target.”– American Dreamin’.Jay-Z started out as a drug dealer and was aiming for success at selling drugs. This line highlights his realisation that he needs another target like music.
  4. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.”– A Dream. Moral – You make the the decisions which dictate your life. You’re responsible for your own success.5.
  5. 5.“I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying”– Beach Chair. Moral – It’s better to try and fail than not to try at all


“I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over”– Oprah Masterclass Documentary. Not a lyric but a quote from an interview with Oprah. Jay-Z has realised that consistency is key to success and you have to give it all every time.

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Well said every word is very much True.


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