I’m Not a Businessman; I’m a Business, Man 商業嘻哈一把抓 —— Jay Z
Shawn Carter, better known as hip-hop heavyweight Jay Z, is the greatest rapper of all time. He has sold over 100 million records with 13 albums that have gone number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, which is even more impressive than Elvis Presley’s accomplishments. In addition, Carter has 21 Grammys, and counting, to his name. His skill with words is thought of as one of the best in the game, and his knack for business has made him one of the richest men in America. However, things were not always like this for him. Growing up in the poor neighborhoods of New York City, Carter made money by leading a life of crime. His experiences growing up influenced his early songs, which he would often rap about around his mother’s kitchen table. It was clear that Carter had a naturalability to freestyle his troubles, victories, and feelings into his songs even as a young child. Carter was first heard on Jaz-O’s records in the early 1990s. In 1996, he released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, which became a classic on the streets. Soon, Carter entered into the music business with his own record label, Roc-A-Fella. The hard lessons he learned as a child growing up helped him become one of the most successful businessmen in the music industry.