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A DYNASTY LIKE NO OTHER JAY-Z BIOGRAPHY Living just enough for the city wasnt enough for a dreaming kid born Shawn Carter The battered brick asbestos asylums just didnt offer the type of sophistication conducive to a Cristal sipping lifestyle Working some simple grocery-bagging job fourteen hours a day wasnt the move either So when the young boy set foot on the burning sands of manhood he left his given name of Shawn Carter and emerged as Jay-Z At millenniums end the hottest rapper in rap music is Jay-Z Since the release of his quadruple-platinum VOL2Hard Knock Life Jay-z has an incredible string of urban radio hits Can I Get A Hard Knock Life Jigga What Jigga Who Money Cash the list goes on and on Unlike many of todays most popular rap artists Jay built an extensive catalog of hits before making his mark on the charts and enjoys underground respectability as well as mainstream acceptance Longtime rap fans may remember Jay-Z as an associate of Jaz who had a minor hit in 1988 with Hawaiian Sophie Before that he was Shawn Carter a young dreamer born in 1969 on December 4th Born and raised in Brooklyns Marcy Projects As a young MC Jay-Z appeared on several underground mix tapes and his work with Jaz appeared promising With bills to pay and an absent father Jay-Z increasingly found himself drowning in the criminal underworld A life he had known since the age of 16 Jay-Z ambitious and solution oriented in a world offering more gratifying awards found a hustle selling drugs An occupation that guaranteed to put food on the table A lot of kids in the ghetto are out to get the money because they dont wanna be hungry or poor Im not glorifying selling drugs because its a hard job and I
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