Happy Birthday Jay Z
On September 11, 2001, Jay-Z releases "The Blueprint,” the same morning of the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He releases "The Black Album" in 2003, to much anticipation and fanfare, as he announced it would be his final album and that he was retiring from the music industry. The concert he plans as a good-bye sells out Madison Square Garden in less than five minutes. He retires from his career as an artist officially and opens the 40/40 Club in New York City, a high-end sports bar
Happy Birthday Jay Z

Today, December 4, Bed-Stuy native Shawn Carter, bka Jay Z, turns 45.

He may have started out in the late 80s as a budding underground rapper out of Bed-Stuy’s Marcy Projects to become one of the greatest rappers of all time, but his days as where he is known simply as a recording artist are long gone.

Today Jay Z is a multi-millionaire investor. He’s the creator and owner of his own string of businesses, and he continues to build his wealth by reinvesting his profits across a wide swath of industries.

Check out The Brooklyn Reader’s photographic retrospective of the life and times of Shawn Carter.

“I’m not a Business Man. I’m a Business, Man.”—Jay Z


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