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.
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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.
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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).
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