WedDec 4


Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce Knowles, form one of the most powerful couples in the music industry. He has recorded 13 hip-hop records and released more than 100 singles. He was born on December 4 and raised in New York and burst on to the music scene in 1996 with his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, which was a critical and commercial success. In addition to his music career, he also owns a fashion line and a sports entertainment company. He is the recipient of 21 Grammy Awards.

Fast Facts

Birth date:

December 4, 1969



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Career timeline


After failing to get a record deal to release some of his first songs, Jay-Z launches his own record label, Rock-A-Fella Records.

November 6, 2007
American Gangster

Jay-Z releases the album American Gangster, inspired by his time as a youth on the streets of Brooklyn.

April, 2008
Say "I do"

Jay-Z and Beyonce get married. Beyonce gets a wedding ring worth $5 million.

July 2015
Need a smoke?

Jay-Z collaborates with Cohiba on a line of cigars.

June 6, 2018
Come together

Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, kick off their joint tour, titled On the Run II, in Cardiff, Wales.

Why we love Jay-Z's birthday

  1. Rags to riches

    Jay-Z went from the housing projects of Brooklyn, where he grew up, to the corner office of a number of highly successful companies. He's an inspiration for anyone with aspirations to better his or her circumstances and stands as a role model for how to achieve success.

  2. He's married to Beyonce

    There's no denying it. Beyonce is one of the most popular stars of our time, and Jay-Z happens to be her husband. Together, they're worth nearly $1.2 billion. And last year, they introduced their twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, to the world.

  3. His rap style

    Jay-Z's rap style is referred to as "flow," in that it sometimes blurs lines of verse together. His use of entendres is almost legendary, and he is equally adept at rapping fast or slow.

Jay-Z's Best Musical Collaborations

  1. Kanye West

    Jay-Z's collaboration with Kanye West on Diamonds From Sierra Leone was a critical slam dunk.

  2. Rihanna

    Jay-Z provided the intro to Rihanna's worldwide hit, Umbrella.

  3. Nicki Minaj

    Jay-Z introduced Nicki Minaj to the world with the single, Monster, in 2011. The song also featured Rick Ross and Bon Iver.

  4. Linkin Park

    Metal rappers Linkin Park and Jay-Z collaborated on an EP, Collision Course, in 2004. The record featured the hit Numb/Encore.

  5. Beyonce

    Crazy in Love is a 2003 collaboration between Jay-Z and his then girlfriend, Beyonce.

Jay-Z’s birthday dates

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