African-American Icons: Jay-Z - A Biography of a Hip Hop by Jeff Burlingame

By Jeff Burlingame

One of many first singles from THE BLACK ALBUM, a well-known Jay-Z list, rap "What extra am i able to Say"? however the genuine query is what extra can this tune legend do? From the platinum albums to the sold-out live shows to his Rocawear garments model, Jay-Z has performed all of it. He has offered a few 50 million albums around the world. He even has a sneaker named after him. From the Brooklyn initiatives to the nook workplace in new york, Jay-Z made his personal approach, overcoming many stumbling blocks. writer Jeff Burlingame explores the remarkably fascinating lifetime of this hip-hop icon.

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G. and Biggie Smalls, was murdered as he was leaving a party in Los Angeles following the Soul Train Music Awards show. The Soul Train Music Awards were created by the same people responsible for the Soul Train TV show Jay-Z watched as a child. Many believed Wallace was killed in retaliation for the recent death of his rival rapper, Tupac Shakur. Shakur had been murdered six months earlier during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked for a label called Death Row Records and had been the star of the West Coast rappers.

Carter sold nearly a half-million copies in the first week it was available for purchase. That sales number would have been far higher had an early leaked copy of the CD not found its way to the streets a month before its official release date. That event sent Jay-Z into a tailspin. He could not stand to see his record hit the streets before it was 47 Jay-Z supposed to. It cost him and others a lot of money, particularly because, with the popularity of the Internet, the music was made available across the world for free.

In Jay-Z’s opinion, he had left his competition in the dust. There was no one left for him to compete with anymore. 61 Jay-Z Was he ever going to make another record? com asked him that same question. Jay-Z’s answer: “If you ask me today, of course I would say no. I’m a human being so I try to give myself a little window, but in a few years, if I’m withdrawn somewhere [I might change my mind]. ” Jay-Z definitely was going out while he was on top of his game. The Black Album was a hit, selling millions of copies.

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