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Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparing most memorably with Nas. Jay-Z and his Roc-a-Fella associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded during the late '90s and early 2000s. He consistently worked with the hottest producers of the day (Clark Kent, DJ Premier, Teddy Riley, Trackmasters, Erick Sermon, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz), and if they weren't hot at the time, they likely would be afterward (the Neptunes, Kanye West, Just Blaze, 9th Wonder). He similarly collaborated with the hottest rappers in the industry, everyone from East Coast contemporaries like the Notorious B.I.G. ("Brooklyn's Finest") and DMX ("Cash, Money, Hoes"), to the best rappers from the South (Ludacris, Missy Elliott) and the West Coast (Snoop Dogg, Too Short). After his self-declared retirement from rapping in 2003, he assumed the presidency of the seminal rap label Def Jam and, as an industry executive, embarked on another phase in his illustrious career.


April 18, 2008

Be On The Look Out for The Blueprint 3!!!!

What's good ladies and gentlemen Ya Boy H-O is about to drop a new album The Blueprint 3 and I want ya'll to tell me how u feel about that im gon also add a new track its called "Ain't I" let me know what ya'll think aight....ONE LOVE ya'll

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October 15, 2006

Kingdom Come in stores now!!!

I know ya'll been waiting on me to come back well now im here and I aint goin nowhere. My New Album Kingdom Come will be dropping soon so be on the look out. I aint giving away no info about who's on and we definitely know who aint!!!......LOL......aight ya'll.....Oh yea I got my new single on here now so add that to ya page........HOLLA!!

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Male, 33, New York, NY

Posted October 16, 2006

yo my dude hov keep doin ya thing this cummin from a nigga dat was raised 6 stops up from marcy, gates ave stand up, like always from day 1 im gonna cop dat album


Male, 26, Detroit, MI

Posted October 16, 2006

you seet %#&@$! hell z you be killin that mic


Female, 29, Linden, NJ

Posted October 15, 2006

hey hova this boy i kno luv ya music and everything i alwayz told him imma get ya autograph for him but neva saw frm jersey north jersey so maybe one day i could get and autograph for him lik i promise u gd and i respect u cause u had a rough life and to make it like u did u give every black man hope stay strong...LuVyA


Male, 35, Weems, VA

Posted October 15, 2006

hey wud up if this is really hova
if so i've been following u since big died
man you filled a prety big shoe the way i feel is tht your better thatn big will ever be reason saying that because who knows how his carrer would of went in the future
that's like saying what if 50 died after get rich or die trying would he been considred the best of his time but as u can see he sells but he's not one of the best but look i'm not looking for no hand out but if u could give me guidence and tell me what to do i would appreacite it

it's ya boy nova

i've been rapping for about 7 years now and got no where
but we do have a manager lable called brickmob ent.


Female, 38, Richmond, VA

Posted October 15, 2006

Hi I like your music,and I hope your blessed.


Male, 31, Omaha, NE

Posted October 15, 2006

Hova Da God!!! Its good to see ya back but it seemed like ya never left because of the guest appearances you were on. The ones I enjoyed most were u ripped ya flow are "Dear Summer" and "Go Crazy."

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