Biography by: Katelyn R

Basic Facts

Jay-Z is a rapper and hip-hop singer or artist. Jays actual name is Shawn Corey Carter. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City on December 4th, 1969. He is leading Def Jam Records. He joined the rapper Jaz-O , an older performer. That's where Shawn Corey Carter got the nickname Jay-Z. He also married Beyonce Knowles and made a clothing line.

Early Childhood

Jay Z's father, Adnes Reeves, left the family when Jay Z was only 11 years old. He was raised by his mother in Brooklyn . Shawn Carter sold drugs and messed with gun violence. He went to Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn. As Jay Z remembered his childhood 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."

Personal Life

Jay Z did not publicly discuss his relationship with his girlfriend, singer and actress Beyonce, for years. The couple even managed to keep the press away from their wedding, which was on April 4, 2008, in New York City. Only about 40 people attended the wedding at Jay Z's penthouse. Jay-Z and Beyonce Had their first baby, their daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, on January 7, 2012. Scared about her saftey, Jay Z and Beyonce rented part of New York's Lenox Hill Hospital and hired tons of guards.

Works Cited

1.Bio.com; Jay-Z; May 4, 2015

2.New York Times; Jay-Z; May 4, 2015


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