Born in and raised in the rough Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, New York, Jay-Z underwent some tough times after his father left his mother before the young rapper was even a teen. Without a man in the house, he became a self-supportive youth, turning to the streets, where he soon made a name for himself as a fledging rapper. As he vividly discusses in his lyrics, Jay-Z also became a street hustler around this time, doing what needed to be done to make money. From Jaz he learned how to navigate through the rap industry and what moves to make. He also participated in the group Original Flavor for a short time.
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It wasn't a huge surprise given Jay Z's involvement and stake in competitor Tidal, but it looks like things aren't quite so cut and dry here. After confirming that the majority of his discography was indeed gone from Apple Music in the US and UK last Friday, we're now seeing that the majority of his albums have already returned to Apple's streaming service. While the three Blueprint albums and his solo debut Reasonable Doubt aren't available, his other eight main studio albums are all available again on Apple Music. The same albums are currently missing from Google Play Music as well -- but that's still a lot more than what's available on Spotify right now, where Jay Z's catalog is just as limited today as it was on Friday. Spotify's new deal with Universal Music Group may have something to do with this change. Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella records label is part of Universal, and the massive music distributor just reached a new deal with Spotify which includes the controversial provision that artists can hold new albums back from Spotify's free tier. This provision wouldn't affect Jay Z's back catalog, but there certainly could be something else in the deal that does. As for why a specific handful of Jay Z's albums are missing from Google and Apple's streaming services, there's no good answer right now -- but given how quickly things change in the streaming music world, an entirely different set of Jay Z's albums could be pulled at a moment's notice. If you're a big fan but don't want to actually purchase his music, Tidal seems to be the safest bet.
His childhood was violent: He started selling crack in his early teens and later quipped that getting a gun in Bed-Stuy was easier than getting public assistance. Even as he ascended to the executive suite—a move that not only rechristened rappers as the vertically integrated businessmen they already were, but also opened up new paths for black artists navigating corporate America—he remained stoic, a little ruthless, playful about a past that most might not have come back from. Apple Music Preview. Sign Out. Sign In. Try It Now. Top Songs See All. Crazy in Love feat.
American rapper Jay-Z has released thirteen solo studio albums , four collaboration albums, one live album , five compilation albums , one soundtrack album , two extended plays , one hundred and fifteen singles including forty-five as a featured artist , nine promotional singles and eighty-two music videos. Jay-Z began his music career in the s, building a reputation as a fledgling rapper in his hometown of Brooklyn and collaborating with his mentor and fellow rapper Jaz-O. Hard Knock Life was released in September and became his first number-one album in the United States. Life and Times of S. Following a period of dormancy, Jay-Z became president of Def Jam Recordings in December and resumed his rap career two years later with the release of Kingdom Come , which peaked at number one on the Billboard and was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Jay R discography. This article is about albums recorded by Jay-Z. For songs recorded by Jay-Z, see Jay-Z singles discography.