Raised in the projects of Brooklyn, Shawn Carter overcame a hardscrabble childhood and blossomed into rapper and mogul Jay-Z.
This documentary explores the life of Jay Z, a rap star and business mogul. It begins in his childhood, goes through the challenges of growing up without a father, dealing with drugs on the streets of New York and eventually taking rap serious enough to become one of the greatest and most successful rap artists today. This is the life story of Jay Z.
Jay-Z has established himself as one of the most successful and creative hip hop artists of all time. But his remarkable rise to fame was heralded by his first album Reasonable Doubt which broke new ground for Rap, telling the bitter-sweet story of a street hustler from Brooklyn with striking, coded lyrics supported by rich Soul samples. "It was about real emotions. Our real life experiences. I don’t believe it had ever been done before in this way", says Jay-Z. This unusual album was misunderstood by many in the industry when it was first released in 1996 and Jay-Z was initially unable to find a record label to release it. Undeterred, he created his own Rocca-A-Fella Records and started on the path that now sees him not just as an outstanding Rap artist but also President of international recording and clothing companies and much more. "Reasonable Doubt is the foundation of everything I've done. It's the foundation of me leaving one life to another; it’s the foundation of my career as a recording artist. It's the foundation on which everything was built". This Classic Album program uncovers the unusual story of how and why Reasonable Doubt was made, and the moral maze its story presents. Jay-Z collaborated with many major producers, like DJ Premier, Irv Gotti, Clark Kent, Knobody Sean Cane. In Ski's words: "The Producer role was creating the backdrop, the soundtrack, to this artist's life". Mary J Blige, Foxy Brown, Sauce Money and Memphis Bleek describe the particular role they played in creating the vocal tracks, and how they worked with Jay-Z to give this album its unique style and content. Kanye West and movie writer Barry Michael Cooper, are among others who analyse the inner core of the album, the voices, rhythms, lyrics and conflicting emotions that make this album a Classic. While the producers show how they created their soulful samples, and while Jay-Z and the vocalists describe the inspiration for their lyrics, the program uses rare performance footage, home movies of Jay-Z in clubs like The Tunnel and The Palladium, in 1996, and later, bigger shows to feature extracts from "Can't Knock The Hustle", "Ain't No N..", "Brooklyn's Finest", "Dead Presidents II", "D'Evils", "Can I Live", "Regrets" ...and others. Reasonable Doubt is the one Jay-Z chose to be his Classic Album because of the power of its music and poetry and because of the disturbing and precautionary story it tells. "He’s presenting the songs as Jay-Z, but he's letting you into Shawn Carter. Showing you a glimpse of who this person really is. And that's the voice of our generation."
A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z chronicles how hip-hop's most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top. The film attempts to divulge the savvy and cunning business acumen of a mogul who decided that being at the top of the charts wasn't enough. This 60-minute unauthorized biography explores the mind of a man who never played by the rules and admits it.
On the surface, “A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z” chronicles how hip-hop’s most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top; but at its core, the film attempts to divulge the savvy and cunning business acumen of a mogul who decided being at the top of the charts wasn’t enough. This 60-minute unauthorized biography explores the mind of a man who never played by the rules and admits it. This film uncovers the price Mr. Carter paid for his success through recent controversies that include the racial debate of the Barneys deal, the feud with Harry Belafonte, and clashes with community activists over the construction of the Barclay Center. The film also explores rumors of association with the Illuminati, a highly publicized separation from the Roc-A-Fella crew, his estranged relationship with rapping mentor Jaz-O, and his break up with business partner Damon Dash. Through in-depth interviews with friends, former business partners, music industry executives, authors and journalists, this exploratory biopic gives the novice, the fan, the critic and the non-believer an uncensored look at Jay Z’s journey from Marcy Projects to Madison Avenue and beyond. As a drug dealer, turned rapper, turned CEO, turned author, turned sports agent, viewers will discover what drove Jay-Z to seek unlimited wealth, how he positioned himself to achieve this wealth, and whether criticism is warranted for someone who successfully pursued the American dream.
The hip-hop artist talks about his new Kanye West-produced album The Blueprint 3, and the video game DJ Hero: Renegade Edition, featuring Eminem
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A rebroadcast of an hour with rapper, author and CEO Jay-Z, taped in front of an audience at the Brooklyn Museum on November 18, 2010.
Together, Beyoncé and Jay Z are the highest earning celeb couple in the country and their net worth is an estimated $775 million.
An Hour With Rapper And Entrepreneur Jay-Z. Jay-Z Discusses Hip-Hop, His Concept Album Based On The Film American Gangster, Working With Sean Combs And His Relationship With Notorius B.I.G.
Audience Q & A with rapper, author and CEO Jay-Z, taped in front of an audience at the Brooklyn Museum on November 18, 2010
Jay-Z vs. R. Kelly (Best or Worst of Both Worlds), Oprah Winfrey vs. hip hop artists, Dave Chappelle vs. Comedy Central and rappers vs. baby mama (Baby Mama Drama).
Taking a break from chronicling the downfall of Jay-Z and Beyonce's marriage, gossip reports are now focusing on Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon.
Jay Z and Beyonce are getting ready to kick off their "On The Run" tour, but rumor has it, they are getting help for their shakey relationship!
It's the video we couldn't stop talking about for days, and the incident Solange Knowles is calling "that thing." That's right, Beyonce's little sister is finally speaking out about her infamous post-Met Gala fight with brother-in-law Jay Z. Sure, the trio made a family statement, but in the new issue of Lucky Magazine, Solange is opening up a little more, saying what's important is that the family is all good, anything they had to say was in the statement, and they all feel at peace! Can't you give us a little more, Solange?! We'd die to be a fly on the wall in that elevator, but hey, beggars can't be choosers!
Does Jay Z need to look out for Rihanna or should he worry about his own relationship with Beyonce?
VH1 is bringing a southern-fried tale of struggle, love and temptation to Atlanta, Georgia with an all new season of "Love & Hip Hop."
"Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" proves love, music and the game know no boundaries. As the newest installment in the successful "Love & Hip Hop" franchise, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" will feature an all new cast with their eyes on the prize of fortune, fame and family.
Among the main characters in this 10-episode series are Stevie J, a three-time Grammy Award-Winning producer who has worked with artists such as Diddy, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey, Stevie's longtime girlfriend Mimi Faust, and a fiery up-and-coming Latina rapper named Joseline.
There's no shortage of drama with this strong-willed trio. Also featured are Lil Scrappy, best known for his 2006 smash hit, "Money in the Bank," his girlfriend Erica Dixon, and his mother, a former hustler known as "Momma Dee."
The hometown hero, Atlanta rapper Rasheeda, is still searching for that big hit after years in the hip hop game, but she's constantly at odds with her manager Kirk Frost -- who also happens to be her husband.
Rounding out the cast are the talented songbird K.Michelle, and Trinidadian R&B singer Karlie Redd.
Atlanta is the new frontier in entertainment, the Dirty South, where the opportunity to make it big in the rap game is always one hustle away. Centered in the heart of the South, these fiery ladies and gentlemen aren't looking to lead the debutante life.
With aspiring songbirds and rappers in the mix, the stakes are high as competition is fierce in both professional and personal arenas.
Striving to leave their mark beyond the red clay of Georgia, hip hop's southern princes and princesses are allowing nothing to stand between them and making it big in the game.
Jay-Z, Kanye and Frank Ocean are "No Church In The Wilde" in this video blend. Check it out!
Zanna Roberts Rassi gives an extended workroom critique for the challenge to create runway worthy cocktail dresses inspired by signature cocktails at Jay Z's legendary 40/40 Club, from Episode 3 (Sip Into Something Sexier) of Project Runway All Stars Season 3.
Ryan Hardy gets an earful from Mindy as she blows him off to be with Jay Z and Beyonce. Not surprisingly things quickly turn overly dramatic.
Jay-Z (Jay Pharoah), Beyoncé (Maya Rudolph) and Solange (Sasheer Zamata) address their fans directly about what really happened during that elevator fight, including revealing the footage's missing audio.
Beyonce and Jay Z just kicked off the first show of their On the Run tour and if this opener is any indication of what's to come, this will be a concert you won't want to miss! The couple performed in Miami and gave fans a peek at their private life by playing clips from their wedding video. This is the very first time their big day has been on display to the public. Fans shared pics to social media of the wedding and it looks awesome. Check out scenes from Jay and Bey's wedding right here!
Executive producers Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac present Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature. The film documents the relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic.
From the pages of Vogue to rolling with Jay Z's entourage, Skylar Diggins is not only a star on the court, she's a rockstar in the gym. We caught up with the WNBA star to talk about her killer arm workout. Skylar says to start out you don't even need a gym...just find a household item you can curl, like rocks or a milk jug! She says the most important part is to make sure you are engaging your core! Suprisingly, its all about the reps you do, not the weight- and the more reps you do controlling the weight, the better results you will see! While Skylar has the secret to toned arms, she also makes sure to stick to a healthy diet, and that includes getting in chocolate milk after a workout! She also loves to treat herself to smoothies!
A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival created by rap superstar Jay Z, and directed by Academy Award® winner Ron Howard. Featuring remarkable performances and fascinating backstage interviews with many of today’s biggest music stars, Made in America shows how one giant celebration of music can change people's lives.
A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival created by rap superstar Jay Z, and directed by Academy Award® winner Ron Howard.
Magna Carter Hoy Grail. Demand Jay-z featuring Justin Timberlake.
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