Shining Facts About Jay-Z

“I swear I met success, we lived together shortly / Success is like lust, she’s good for the touch / She’s good for the moment but she’s never enough”

From hustling on the streets of Brooklyn to closing in on a personal value of a billion dollars, Jay-Z is a representation of the contrasts of America.

Jay-Z Facts

30. S. Carter

Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn on December 4th, 1969. His father abandoned his family, and he and his three siblings were raised by their mother.

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29. Rapping Schoolmates

Carter bounced around high schools for a few years, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with both The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.

During these years he sold drugs, notably crack cocaine, and was shot at several times.

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28. Cain and Abel

At the age of 12, Carter shot his older brother for stealing his jewellery. At the time, he was terrified he’d spend his life in jail, but his brother didn’t press charges, and they reconciled while he was in the hospital.

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