Z107.3  wants to take the time to give you a little more information about the artists that you hear all day, everyday on Bangor's #1 Hit Music Station.

This one is a special one dedicated to one artist that has made a big impact on pop music within the past 30 years and continues to make an impact today.  That's why this is a 'Z Legend Spotlight'.

Today we celebrate the birthday of Jay-Z. Here's his info:

REAL NAME:  Shawn Corey Carter

BIRTH DATE: December 4, 1969

WHERE FROM: New York City

MUSICAL LINKS: Kanye West, Beyoncé, Big Daddy Kane, Jaz-O, Big L, Mic Geronimo, DMX, Ja Rule, The Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Timbaland, Kid Capri, Amil, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Faith Evans, Panjabi MC, Eminem, Rick Rubin, R. Kelly, Linkin Park, Paul McCartney, Nas, Pharrell, Chris Martin, Rihanna, Bono, The Edge, M.I.A., Big Sean, Jahlil Beats, Swizz Beatz, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, The Carters, DJ Khaled, J. COle

TO THE POINT POINTS:

  • Holds many different titles, including rapper, songwriter, record executive, record producer and entrepreneur
  • One of the greatest rappers and most influential hip-hop artists of all time
  • Born and raised in New York City
  • Career really took off after his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt and has released 12 albums since then
  • Founder of many businesses including Rocawear, a clothing retailer, and a bar chain called 40/40 club.  His business ventures have also included funding for Roc Nation entertainment company, taking over tech company Aspiro and took over the streaming service Tidal.
  • Jay-Z has sold 50 million albums, 75 million singles, has won 22 Grammy Awards
  • Jay-Z took the title as the first hip-hop billionaire in 2019 making him the wealthiest American musician.

All information obtained by Wikipedia.

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