Updated: Dec 9, 2019
Happy birthday, Hov. On the day the music mogul turns 50, Spotify announced that his music catalog has been added to the streaming platform. Previously, certain albums had only been available through TIDAL, a streaming service owned by Jay-Z.
Jay-Z had previously removed a large body of his tracks from the platform, though work including 'Reasonable Doubt' remained.
From winning his first Grammy in 1998 for his hit single ‘Hard Knock Life’ (he now has 21 Grammys under his belt) to marrying Beyonce in April 2008, the Brooklyn-based rapper has hit plenty of milestones in his half-century.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. His mother Gloria raised him and his three siblings single-handedly in the notorious Marcy House projects.
The Grammy-winner was famous in his neighborhood for his musical talents and was given the nickname Jazzy which later turned into his stage name, Jay-Z.
A biography about the rapper was released in late November, written by Georgetown University Sociology Professor and New York Times contributor Michael Eric Dyson.
The book highlights many of the biggest themes of Jay-Z’s musical career, from his early years hustling to recognizing the way that he’s weaved politics into his music by making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice.
He has also amassed a vast fortune and is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion.
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