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Since 1996, 17-time Grammy award winner, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has dominated an evolution in pop culture. Between multiple businesses and accolades spanning the recording industry to global investment leaders such as Warren Buffet, JAY Z personifies the “American Dream.” The Founder and Chairman of Rocawear is a co-owner of the NJ Nets, majority owner of the 40/40 sports clubs, has a major interest in Translation Advertising and is involved in a partnership with the Iconix Brand Group. JAY Z served as President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, where he fostered the careers of international stars Rihanna, Ne-Yo and Kanye West before entering into a partnership with Live Nation, forming the entertainment company, Roc Nation. In 2009, his release Blueprint 3 became his 11th # 1 album debut securing the record for most #1 albums by any solo artist. In 2011, Watch The Throne, his collaborative effort with Kanye West marked his 12th #1 album debut. 2012 saw JAY Z curate MADE IN AMERICA, a 2-day festival held in Philadelphia and headline the opening of the Brooklyn NETS new Barclay’s Arena with 8 sold out shows. JAY Z continues his philanthropic work through his Water For Life initiative and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Released "The Dynasty" on Oct 31, 2000

On this day in Def Jam History Oct. 31, 2000, Jay-Z Released “The Dynasty: Roc La Familia” Album on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings. For more nostalgic posts like this one check out DefJam30.com

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Releases "Roc Boys" Oct. 10, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam Recordings.

On this day in Def Jam History, Oct. 10, 2007, Jay-Z released the first single to his “American Gangster” album “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…)” on Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam Recordings. Check out the epic video for “Roc Boys” above featuring a slew of cameos. For more nostalgic posts like this one check out defjam30.com

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Released "Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life" on September 29, 1998

  On this day September 29th, 1998 Jay-Z released his third studio album “Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life” on Roc-a-fella Records/Def Jam Recordings. It is Jay-Z’s best selling album as of 2013 and was certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA in 2000 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1999. The album debuted…

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Jay-Z Speaks On "The Blueprint" In 2001

Back in 2001, Jay-Z released his classic album, The Blueprint. A few days before the release, he sat down for a rare interview and spoke in-depth about the project. Take a look above. Via Revolt  

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SINCE 1984: Jay-Z Released, "The Blueprint" On Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings

On this day, September 11, 2001, Jay-Z released his sixth ablum, “The Blueprint” on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings. #DefJam30

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Since 1984: The Soundtrack To "The Streets Is Watching" Is Released

On this day May 5, 1998, The soundtrack to “Streets is Watching” was released on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings #DefJam30

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Performs "Encore/Numb" with Linkin Park & Paul McCartney at 2006 48th Annual Grammy Awards

Today in Def Jam History, back in February 8th 2006 Jay-Z took the stage along side Sir Paul McCartney to peform his mash up collaboration with Linkin Park “Encore/Numb” off the 2006 album “Collision Course”. Check out the performance footage above. For more back in the day Def Jam Recordings history like this, check out…

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Wins A Grammy on Feb 8th, 2004, 2006 & 2009

February 8th, seems to be a great day for Jay Z historicall, Grammy wise. Back in 2004 on this day JAY Z received a Grammy for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist as well as one for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist & Favorite, Rap/Hip Hop Album for The Blueprint 3 in 2009. He also won in 2006 for his…

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JAY Z's Original 'Reasonable Doubt' Tracklist Revealed.

Words by Paul Thompson of 2Dopeboyz Canons are, by their nature, infuriating. Too many great works are excluded, and those that remain often skew safe and inoffensive. Divisiveness is not the road to immortality, at least for a musician. Of course, we still get some things right. If you ask your thirty-something friend (or your…

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JAY Z Ranks His Catalog

Happy Birthday Hovito! Today is December 4th, meaning Jay-Z is somewhere in the world celebrating his 44th birthday. But before the celebrations begin, he stirs up the pot by ranking his own catalog of music. Check out how Jay-Z ranks his albums from 1-12 below. 1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic) 2. The Blueprint (Classic) 3. The…

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Just Blaze Speaks On Producing JAY Z's "PSA"

Celebrating The 10th Anniversay of JAY Z’s, The Black Album, Just Blaze sat down with Revolt TV and spoke on his experience making “Public Service Announcement”, the first tiem he heard the sample he used and Hov recording his verses.   Download Jay-Z’s “The Black Album” on iTunes here.

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9th Wonder Speaks On Producing "Threat"

We’ve heard a number of stories about working on JAY Z’s, “The Black Album” and today Revolt TV allows 9th Wonder to speak on his experience produced the track, “Threat”. Check it out above.

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Releases "The Black Album" 10 Years Ago!

10 Years Ago Today (November 14th, 2003), Jay-Z released his eight studio album on Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam Recordings. It was promoted as his final studio album, which serves as a recurring theme, although Jay-Z returned to solo recording with Kingdom Come in 2006. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart,…

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Releases 'In My Lifetime: Vol. 1' on November 4, 1997

  Today in Def Jam History, 16 years ago – Jay-Z releases his second album (first on Def Jam) “In My Lifetime, Vol. 1″. Despite mixed criticism towards its more mainstream-oriented sound and lyrical substance, the album debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum in sales by the…

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Pharrell Speaks On The Black Album

With the 10th anniversary of JAY Z’s, The Black Album coming on the 14th, Life + Times sat down with Pharrell as he spoke on his relationship with JAY as well as his work on that classic album.  

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Since 1984: Jay-Z releases "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia" 13 Years Ago!

  On this day in Def Jam history, 13 years ago Jay-Z releases his 5th studio album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia on Roc-a-fella Records. Its lead single, “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”, produced by The Neptunes, was one of Jay-Z’s most successful singles peaking at number 11 on the Billboard…

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Throwback Of The Day: Jay-Z brings out Nas at his "I Declare War" Concert

On October 27, 2005, Jay-Z headlined New York’s Power 105.1 annual concert, Powerhouse. The concert was entitled the “I Declare War” concert leading to intense speculation in the weeks preceding the event on whom exactly Jay-Z would declare war. As he had previously “declared war” on other artists taking lyrical shots at him at other…

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From The Vault: Jay-Z brings out Michael Jackson at 2001 HOT97FM Summer Jam

In celebration of Michael Jackson’s birthday (the famous pop star would have been 55 today), we’re bringing back this classic footage from 2001, when Jay-Z brings out special guest Michael Jackson on stage live at HOT97’s Summer Jam concert in East Rutherford, NJ. Also, who remembers when Michael Jackson teamed up with Jay-Z for the…

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Jay-Z Brings Out Rick Ross In Miami

This past Friday, Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake ended their Legends Of The Summer Tour at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. During Jay’s set, he brought out Rick Ross to perform their collaboration, “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” live for the first time ever. Check out the performance above.  

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Back In The Day: Jay-Z & Kanye West Released "Watch The Throne"

2 years ago today, Jay-Z & Kanye west released their collaborative album titled, “Watch The Throne”. The album contained 12 tracks with features from Beyonce, Frank Ocean & Mr. Hudson. Production credits included, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, The Neptunes & many more. Below, you can check out the album on Spotify and revisit the album….

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DJ Clue: Murder Inc. (Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule) - "Murdergram Freestyle"

Welcome to the first edition of “From The Vault” Fridays on Defjam.com! Every Friday we’ll take a trip in to our illustrious Def Jam vault and highlight something special from the Def Jam past and feature it on our site. This week we bring you the “Murdergram Freestyle” off one of the classic DJ Clue…

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YouHeardThatNew.com - #Witness: Lenny S

Lowkey of UHTN has started a brand new series called, #Witness in which he speaks to different people in the industry. Next up is Lenny S. He speaks on two different stories about Jay-Z that you may not know, so take a listen above. Very interesting stories.

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Video: Kanye West Joins Jay-Z Live At Hackney Music Festival!

Check out footage from the Hackney Music Festival this weekend as Kanye West joins Jay-Z live on stage and they perform a few of their hits off the “Watch The Throne” album. Download “Watch The Throne” on iTunes now! http://idj.to/wttitunes http://www.jayzhitscollection.com/

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