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Jay-Z @ Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter Foundation Carnival (crop 2).jpg
Jay-Z at the Shawn Carter Foundation Carnival, 2011
Background information
Birth name Shawn Corey Carter
Born (1969-12-04) 4 December 1969 (age 48)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • record executive
  • actor
  • businessman
  • entrepreneur
  • investor
  • philanthropist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–present
  • Def Jam
  • Roc-A-Fella
  • Roc Nation
  • Priority
Associate acts
Wabsteid lifeandtimes.com

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969),[1] kent bi his stage name Jay-Z (sometimes stylized as Jay Z, or JAY Z),[2][3][4] is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, actor, businessman, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist.


  1. Birchmeier, Jason. "Artist Biography [Jay-z]". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  2. "Jay Z officially drops the hyphen from his name". NME. IPC Media Entertainment Network. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  3. Krishnamurthy, Sowmya (July 18, 2013). "Jay-Z Officially Drops Hyphen To Become Jay Z". MTV News. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  4. Michaels, Sean (July 19, 2013). "Jay-Z to become Jay Z in massively disrespectful move against hyphens". The Guardian. London. Retrieved July 19, 2013.