Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name Jay-Z is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter’s net worth at nearly $500 million. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving 17 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.
Jay Z's album Magna Carta Holy Grail, shows that like Kanye West, Jay Z is moving toward larger-than-life production, and amphitheater-worthy tracks-and compared to his earlier work, diving into weirder samples (including referencing Nirvana and REM in his lyrics). It makes sense. Hip-hop has become stadium music, and Jay Z is the icon of this movement. But at his core, he's all about the basics of hip-hop: beats, flow and clever wordplay. Even when he headlined Coachella, he managed to make everyone feel like they were in an intimate club, watching him rock the mic like it was 1993.
Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all time, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Three of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003), are considered landmarks in the genre with all of them featured in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.