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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) December 4, 1969 (age 47)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • entrepreneur
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–present
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, record producer, an entrepreneur.


  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 Julie 18, 2013. 
  3. Krishnamurthy, Sowmya (Julie 18, 2013). "Jay-Z Officially Drops Hyphen To Become Jay Z". MTV News. Retrieved Julie 18, 2013. 
  4. Michaels, Sean (Julie 19, 2013). "Jay-Z to become Jay Z in massively disrespectful move against hyphens". The Guardian. London. Retrieved Julie 19, 2013.