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Jay-Z Lyrics - by Popularity

1 Empire State Of Mind*
2 Run This Town* ('Jay-Z: The Hits Collection, Volume One' album)
3 I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me) (Live)
4 Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
5 Beware Of Boys
6 Young Forever (Single)
7 Brooklyn's Finest
8 44 Fours
9 My President Is Black (Remix)
10 What The Game Made Me
11 The Best Of Both Worlds
12 Intro
13 Encore*
14 Love For Free
15 Regrets
16 Change Clothes
17 Wrong Prayer
18 Bring It On
19 Big Pimpin'*
20 All I Need
21 Girls, Girls, Girls
22 On To The Next One
23 Reckoner's Encore
24 Song Cry
25 Dirt Off Your Shoulder*
26 Can I Live
27 Ride Or Die
28 Show Me What You Got*
29 A Week Ago
30 Take You Home With Me (A.K.A Body)
31 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
32 Hovi Baby
33 Dear Summer
34 Change Order
35 Young Forever
36 Money Ain't A Thing
37 22 Two's
38 Imaginary Players
39 Real Niggaz
40 Public Service Announcement
41 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Live)
42 The Watcher 2
43 Fuck All Night
44 Blue Magic
45 No Karma
46 December 4th
47 Can I Get A...
48 I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
49 There's Been A Murder
50 Justify My Thug
51 Hello Brooklyn
52 Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)...*
53 Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise)
54 Anything
55 Meet The Parents
56 Friend Or Foe
57 Guess Who's Back
58 This Life Forever (Urban Noize Remix)
59 Excuse Me Miss
60 Renagade
61 Wishing On A Star (Trackmasters Remix)
62 It Ain't Personal
63 Reservoir Dogs
64 Watch Me
65 Ain't No Nigga
66 U Don't Know
67 Pump It Up (Freestyle)
68 The City Is Mine
69 Shake Ya Body
70 Where I'm From
71 Get Your Mind Right Mami
72 Streets Is Watching
73 What More Can I Say
74 It's Like That
75 Stick 2 The Script
76 Moment Of Clarity
77 Dead Presidents II
78 (Always Be My) Sunshine
79 Face Off
80 Come And Get Me
81 Air Roc
82 Bonnie & Clyde
83 This Life Forever
84 I Know What Girls Like
85 Kingdom Come
86 Some How Some Way
87 Super Ugly
88 Girls Best Friend
89 All Around The World
90 Can I Get A... (Live)
91 Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem)***
92 Can't Knock The Hustle/Family Affair
93 Freestyle
94 I Know What Girls Like (Fly Girly Dub)
95 Dig A Hole [Explicit]
96 Change The Game (Remix)
97 Holla
98 Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)
99 I Know
100 Optimistic Moment
101 The Streets
102 Ain't No Nigga (Rae & Christian Mix)
103 Success
104 Dirt Off Your Android
105 Threat
106 Paper Chase
107 Dreaming Up
108 Coming Of Age
109 Hova Song (Outro)
110 Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
111 Hello Brooklyn 2.0
112 The Bounce
113 Hey Papi
114 Snoopy Track
115 You, Me, Him And Her
116 Ignorant Swan
117 Somehow Someway
118 Jigga That Nigga
119 Big Pimpin' (Live)
120 Bitches And Sisters*
121 Is That Yo Bitch?
122 A Star Is Born
123 Get This Money
124 Show You
125 D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)*
126 La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again)
127 Imaginary Player
128 Honey
129 Izzo (H.O.V.A) (Live)
130 Ain't No Nigga (Live)
131 Wishing On A Star (Radio Edit)
132 Picasso Baby
133 The Ruler's Back
134 New York feat. Raekwon(produced by Hasan Insane)
135 Jay Z – Dead Presidents 3 [Unreleased No Dj, Cdq]
136 1-900-Hustler
137 I Can't Get Wid Dat
138 Diamond Is Forever
139 Girls, Girls, Girls - Album Version (Edited)
140 Jay-Z-Love Is Love
141 Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Sk1 F remix)
142 What They Gonna Do, Part II
143 Fallin' - Album Version (Edited)
144 Jay-Z-Rock Steady (Feat. Mary J. Blige)
145 Big Pimpin'/Papercut
146 Guilty Until Proven Innocent
147 Empire State Of Mind
148 Trouble
149 Song Cry - Live
150 Jay-Z-You Rock My World (Remix) (Feat. Michael Jackson)
151 I Do
152 Party Life (Sonar Remix)
153 Jigga What, Jigga Who (Live)
154 La La La
155 Paper Chase*
156 In My Lifetime (original Ski radio version)
157 Naked
158 Kingdom Come - Album Version (Edited)
159 Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)
160 Lost One
161 Hovi Baby*
162 Keep It Real
163 Tom Ford
164 Heart of the Black City feat. Jill Scott and Don Byas(produced by Black Friday)
165 Jay-Z-Early This Morning
166 Where Have You Been
167 Can I Get A...*
168 I Can't Get Wid Dat (radio edit)
169 A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier
170 Jigga That Nigga - Album Version (Edited)
171 Jay-Z-Takeover (Live At Summer Jam)
172 Dirt Off Your Shoulder
173 Guns & Roses
174 44 Fours (live)
175 Blue Magic - Album Version (Edited)
176 Jay-Z-Alone In This World (Remix) (Feat. Faith Evans)
177 Everyday A Star Is Born
178 The R. O. C.
179 Party Life
180 Meiple (Me I Play)
181 Imaginary Players - Album Version (Edited)
182 Jay-Z-Hell Yeah (Remix) (Feat. Dead Prez)
183 Talk That Talk
184 La-La-La (Excuse Me Again) (radio edit)
185 I Can't Get With That
186 22 Two's*
187 In My Lifetime (Skitrumental)
188 30 Something - Album Version (Edited)
189 Lay Up (Remix)
190 Coming of Age (Da Sequel)
191 Frontin
192 Fiesta (remix)
193 Storm
194 F.U.T.W.
195 Change The Game
196 99 Problems(Fall Out Boy RMX)
197 Jay-Z-People Talking
198 Jockin Jay-Z
199 Streets Is Watching*
200 Superugly (Dissin’ Nas)
201 Bitches & Sisters
202 Hola' Hovito - Album Version (Edited)
203 Jay-Z-Ny’s Finest (Nas Diss)
204 Dead Presidents II*
205 Hard Knock Life (Radio Edit)
206 Encore
207 Politics as Usual
208 Dead Presidents II*
209 American Gangster - Album Version (Edited)
210 Jay-Z-It’s Obvious (Feat. Rell)
211 What We Talkin' About
212 Ameriçan Gangster (Sonar Remix)
213 99 Anthems
214 Hola' Hovito
215 Lucky Me - Album Version (Edited)
216 Jay-Z-Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (Remix) (Feat. Young Gunz)
217 No Church In The Wild
218 It's Alright
219 Can't Knock the Hustle (remix)
220 Friend Or Foe**
221 In My Lifetime (Big Jazz radio remix)
222 Somebody's Girl
223 I Made It - Album Version (Edited)
224 Suit And Tie
225 Kindom Come
226 Interlude
227 Never Take Me Alive
228 Somewhereinamerica
229 Picasso Baby - Album Version (Edited)
230 Jay-Z-Show You How
231 Ain't I
232 7 Minute Freestyle
233 U Don't Know (Remix)
234 Intro / A Million and One Questions / Rhyme No More
235 Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) - Album Version (Edited)
236 Jay-Z-Murda Marcyville (Feat. Memphis Bleek Geda K)
237 Song Cry (DJ Green Lantern Deuces mix)
238 D'Evils
239 In My Lifetime
240 Interlude - Album Version (Edited)
241 Jay-Z-Heartbreaker (Feat. Mariah Carey)
242 History
243 Nymp (Album Version (Edited))
244 Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)
245 Brooklyn's Finest*
246 Who You Wit II - Album Version (Edited)
247 Jay-Z-Ignorant Shit
248 Niggas In Paris (Remix)
249 Interlude (Jay-Z/The Black Album)
250 You Don’t Know
251 Friend Or Foe '98*
252 In My Lifetime (Big Jazmental remix)
253 Trouble - Album Version (Edited)
254 Clique (Remix)
255 Can't Knock the Hustle (Fool's Paradise remix) (dirty)
256 Think It’s a Game
257 Excuse Me Miss*
258 Crown
259 Tom Ford - Album Version (Edited)
260 Jay-Z-Is That Your Chick…Lost Verses Remix (Feat. Memphis Bleek, Twista)
261 Brooklyn (Go Hard)
262 Dopeman
263 Young, Black, and Gifted
264 As One
265 Lucky Me
266 Never Change - Album Version (Edited)
267 Jay-Z-Behind The Ropes (Feat. Sauce Money)
268 A Dream
269 Thank You
270 December 4th - Album Version (Edited)
271 Jay-Z-Brind Back Your Love (Feat. Christion)
272 Allure
273 Can't Knock the Hustle (Bonus Track)
274 Lucifer's Jigsaw
275 Blueprint 2
276 Coming Of Age*
277 Where I'm From - Album Version (Edited)
278 Can I Live II
279 Jay-Z-Peoples Court
280 Mr Nice Watch
281 Interlude (Jay-Z / The Black Album)
282 Minority Report
283 Big Pimpin (extended radio edit)
284 I Know What Girls Like*
285 Ignorant Sh*t
286 Excuse Me Miss - Album Version (Edited)
287 3 Kings
288 Can't Knock the Hustle (LP version)
289 Tom Ford (DJ Cable edit)
290 4 Alarm Blaze
291 All Around The World*
292 Heaven
293 F.U.T.W. - Album Version (Edited)
294 Jay Z – Black Gangster Unreleased Version
295 Ain’t I
296 Best Of Both Worlds
297 Funk Flex Freestyle
298 Nigga Please
299 Who You Wit II
300 Song Cry - Album Version (Edited)
301 Jay-Z-Roc Army (Feat. The Roc)
302 Who You Wit 2
303 Squeeze First
304 Ignorant Shit
305 Venus Vs. Mars
306 What More Can I Say - Album Version (Edited)
307 Jay-Z-Queen Bitch (Remix) (Feat. Lil Kim)
308 Go Crazy (Remix)
309 Blue Magic (Amended Version)
310 Pray
311 You Must Love Me - Album Version (Edited)
312 Can't Knock the Hustle
313 Jay-Z-Stop
314 Boongie Drop
315 Can I Get A... (Soundtrack Version)
316 Pop 4 Roc
317 Lyrical Exercise
318 22 Two's**
319 Understand Me
320 Meet The Parents - Album Version (Edited)
321 I Do (Remix)
322 So Ambitious
323 Welcome to New York City
324 Ride Or Die*
325 Versus
326 Crown - Album Version (Edited)
327 Jay-Z-Dead Or Alive Pt. 1 (Feat. Sauce Money) (Disses 2pac)
328 F**k All Nite
329 Live Freestyle (22 Two’s Beat)
330 Poppin' Tags
331 You Must Love Me
332 All I Need - Album Version (Edited)
333 Jay-Z-20 Bag Shorty (Feat. Boo Gotti)
334 Beach Chair
335 Reminder
336 Change Clothes - Album Version (Edited)
337 Celebration
338 Jay-Z-Mi Amor (Feat. Angie Martinez)
339 Young, Gifted And Black
340 Come And Get Me (Album Version (Edited))
341 American Dreamin'
342 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)**
343 Anything - Album Version (Edited)
344 Cashmere Thoughts
345 Jay-Z-Addicted To The Game
346 Illest Motherfucker Alive
347 I Just Wanna
348 Can't Knock The Hustle (Radio Edit)
349 Cant Knock the Hustle (remix)
350 Regrets**
351 Money, Cash, Hoes
352 What They Gonna Do Part II - W/ Int'l Bonus track
353 FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt
354 Oceans
355 Bonny & Clyde
356 What You Think of That
357 Dead Presidents II*
358 Beach Is Better
359 Heaven - Album Version (Edited)
360 Jay Z- Off That (Feat Drake) [Unreleased No Dj, Cdq]
361 What They Gonna Do, Pt. II
362 8 Miles And Runnin'
363 Who Shot Ya Freestyle
364 What They Gonna Do
365 I Made It
366 Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) - Album Version (Edited)
367 Jay-Z-Get Your Money Right (Feat. Dr. Dre The Game)
368 Jigga That Nigga/People Talking
369 Do U Wanna Ride
370 Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)...
371 NYMP
372 Threat - Album Version (Edited)
373 Girl's Best Friend
374 Jay-Z-Dead Presidents (Original Verses)
375 Most Kingz
376 Hova Song (Album Version (Edited))
377 No Hook
378 The City Is Mine*
379 No Church In The Wild - Album Version (Edited)
380 Jay-Z-Get My Shit Off
381 713
382 My President Is Black (intro)
383 A Million and One Questions (remix)
384 Nigga What, Nigga Who - Originator 99
385 F**k All Nite - Album Version (Edited)
386 Part II (On The Run)
387 Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)... (A Cappella)
388 Murda, Murda
389 BBC
390 Streets Is Talking
391 Versus - Album Version (Edited)
392 Jay Z – Road To Perdition Ft. Jay Electronica [Unreleased No Dj, Cdq]
393 Fallin' (A Cappella)
394 Dead or Alive, Part 1 (Disses 2pac)
395 Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem) (Radio Edit)
396 D’Evils
397 Resevoir Dogs
398 Lyrical Exercise - Album Version (Edited)
399 Jay-Z-What The Game Made Me (Feat. Memphis Bleek Sauce Money)
400 Anything*
401 Hollywood
402 Things That U Do
403 Moment Of Clarity - Album Version (Edited)
404 Jay-Z-In My Lifetime (Original Ski Street Version)
405 Jockin' Jay-Z (Dope Boy Fresh)
406 44 Fours (Live from Radio City Music Hall, 2006)
407 Sweet
408 Sunshine (Radio Edit)
409 Empire State Of Mind [Jay-Z + Alicia Keys] - Amended
410 Bounce Demo (Featuring Timbaland)
411 DJ Self (Freestyle)
412 He Asked for It
413 Mi Amor
414 Can't Knock The Hustle (Fool's Paradise Remix)
415 I Did It My Way - Album Version (Edited)
416 Nickles & Dimes
417 Sweet (A Cappella)
418 A Week Ago*
419 Lollipop
420 JAY Z Blue
421 This Can't Be Life
422 Beach Is Better - Album Version (Edited)
423 Jay-Z-All About The Benjamins Freestyle (Feat. Shyne Sauce Money)
424 Blue Magic (A Cappella)
425 Dead or Alive, Part 2 (Disses 2pac)
426 Ain't No Nigga (Original Radio Edit)
427 Wishing on a Star (Track Masters remix)
428 Empire State Of Mine
429 Jay-Z-Bedstuy To Marcy (Feat. Sauce Money)
430 Some How
431 Excuse Me Miss (Instrumental)
432 Soon You'll Understand
433 Justify My Thug - Album Version (Edited)
434 Jay-Z-What’s In A Name
435 Your Love
436 Show Me What You Got (Edit)
437 Fall In Step
438 Say Hello
439 Brooklyn's Finest**
440 Intro - Album Version (Edited)
441 Jay-Z – Tower Hiest [Unreleased No Dj, Cdq]
442 Gotta Have It
443 This Shit Right Here
444 One Minute Man (remix)
445 Intro (American Gangster)
446 Intro - Hand It Down
447 Girls, Girls, Girls (Remix)
448 Diamonds Is Forever - Album Version (Edited)
449 Holy Grail
450 No Hook (A Cappella)
451 Reservoir Dogs*
452 Cheat on You
453 Some People Hate
454 La Familia
455 BBC - Album Version (Edited)
456 Jay-Z-So Right Remix (Feat. The L.O.X.)
457 American Gangster (A Cappella)
458 Ain't No
459 People's Court
460 Can't Knock The Hustle**
461 Wishing on a Star (D Influence full vocal mix)
462 Big Pimpin'
463 Pray - Album Version (Edited)
464 Jay-Z-From Marcy To Hollywood (Feat. Memphis Bleek Sauce Money)
465 30 Something
466 Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) (Live @ Wembley London)
467 Hate
468 Squeeze 1St
469 Show You How
470 Lucifer - Album Version (Edited)
471 Marcy To Hollywood
472 Jay-Z-I Can’t Get Wid That (Feat. Sauce Money Jaz-O)
473 Mr Carter
474 Fallin (Sonar Remix)
475 Fallin'
476 Ain't No Nigga**
477 Soon You'll Understand - Album Version (Edited)
478 Jay-Z – Computerized (Feat. Daft Punk)
479 Made In America
480 I Know (live at Glastonbury)
481 Big Momma Thang
482 I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)*
483 If I Should Die
484 Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
485 Some People Hate - Album Version (Edited)
486 Blueprint 2 - Album Version (Edited)
487 American Dreamin' (A Cappella)
488 4 My Niggaz
489 Nickels And Dimes
490 JAY Z Blue - Album Version (Edited)
491 Jay-Z-Dead Or Alive Pt. 2 (Feat. Sauce Money) (Disses 2pac)
492 Takeover (Live)
493 Hovi Baby (Remix)
494 The City Is Mine**
495 Hova Song (outro) / Jigga My Nigga / Girl's Best Friend
496 American Dreamin' - Album Version (Edited)
497 Jay-Z-4 Alarm Blaze (Feat. Mop)
498 Lucifer
499 Excuse Me Miss (Explicit)
500 Already Home
501 Hova Song - Intro
502 Allure - Album Version (Edited)
503 Murdergram
504 Jay-Z-Analyze This (Feat. Lord Tariq Nas)
505 Rumors
506 Say Hello (Sonar Remix)
507 American Gangster
508 Rap Game/Crack Game*
509 Squeeze 1st - Album Version (Edited)
510 Break Up To Make Up
511 Jay-Z – Blue Ivy [Unreleased No Dj, Cdq]
512 Why I Love You
513 Dead Presidents III
514 I Miss U (remix)
515 Bring It On*
516 Jockin' Jay-Z (Travis Barker remix)
517 Never Change
518 2 Many Hoes - Album Version (Edited)
519 Pray (A Cappella)
520 Here We Go
521 Song Cry (Blend)
522 Friend Or Foe '98
523 La Familia - Album Version (Edited)
524 Jay-Z-Murda Marcyville (Remix)
525 Meet The Parents*
526 03 Bonnie & Clyde
527 Can I Get A...**
528 Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) / Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise) / Girls, Girls, Girls (remix)
529 No Hook - Album Version (Edited)
530 Jay-Z-Higher (Hai Hai)
531 My 1st Song
532 Run This Town (Jay-Z + Rihanna + Kanye West) [Live From Madison Square Garden]
533 Dope Man
534 My 1st Song - Album Version (Edited)
535 Jay-Z-My Kind Of Girl
536 Some How Some Way*
537 No Hook (Sonar Remix)
538 Life There
539 You're Only a Customer
540 Ride Or Die**
541 Hova Song - Album Version/Intro
542 Jay Z – Lean On To The Next One
543 Lift Off
544 Heart of the City (live at Glastonbury)
545 Things That You Do
546 That’s How You Like It
547 Izzo (H.O.V.A.)*
548 Numb Encore
549 Show You How - Album Version (Edited)
550 Intro - A Cappella
551 Intro (A Cappella)
552 Show Me What You Got
553 Guess Who’s Back
554 Ain't No Nigga*
555 Feelin’ It
556 Nickels And Dimes - Album Version (Edited)
557 Jay-Z-The Game Iz Mine
558 '03 Bonnie & Clyde
559 The Watcher 2*
560 Fuck All Nite
561 Jigga My Nigga
562 Sweet - Album Version (Edited)
563 Jay-Z-Love For Free (Feat. Rell)
564 Jigga What/Faint
565 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) [Chase + Status Remix]
566 Off That
567 It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)
568 Girls, Girls, Girls - Live
569 Jay-Z-Living It Up (Feat. Sauce Money)
570 The Bounce*
571 Hova Song (Album Version/Outro)
572 You Don't Know
573 $100 Bill
574 Green Light
575 Spiritual
576 Criminology
577 Encore / Numb (live at Glastonbury)
578 We Ride
579 I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) (Explicit)
580 We made it (remix)
581 What They Gonna Do Part II - Album Version (Edited)
582 Jay-Z – H.O.V.A [Unreleased No Dj, Cdq]
583 Can't Knock the Hustle (original mix)
584 In My Lifetime (radio edit)
585 Maybach Music 2 (Lost Verse)
586 The Ruler's Back - Album Version (Edited)
587 Jay-Z-Hold Up (Feat. R Kelly)
588 Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer
589 Give It To Me/Big Pimpin
590 I Know (A Cappella)
591 I Did It My Way
592 S. Carter
593 Party Life - Album Version (Edited)
594 Jay-Z-Things You Do For Love (Feat. Horace Brown)
595 Brooklyn's Finest*
596 Young Forever (Jay-Z + Mr Hudson)
597 Real As It Gets
598 The Prelude
599 Renegade
600 Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) - Live
601 Jay-Z-Hovi Baby (Remix)
602 Glory
603 Girls, Girls, Girls, Pt. 2
604 December Backdrifts
605 Money Ain't a Thang
606 Imaginary Player**
607 Intro - A Cappella
608 Stretch and Bobbito Show '95
609 Open Letter
610 Dig a Hole
611 Rock Steady
612 Song Cry (Things Change mix)
613 Takeover
614 D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune) - Album Version (Edited)
615 Jay-Z Ft. Mary J. Blige Swizz Beatz – You’re Welcome [Unreleased No Dj, Cdq]
616 Tom Ford (Getem Trap Remix)
617 Hand It Down (Intro)
618 In My Lifetime (instrumental)
619 Stop
620 Wishing on a Star (D Influence remix)
621 Rap Game/Crack Game
622 Takeover - Album Version (Edited)
623 Jay-Z-Hey Papi (Original)
624 Dirt Off Your Shoulder (NLM Oriental club remix 2011) (Beat by DJ Serghino)
625 Say Hello (A Cappella)
626 Blueprint²
627 So Ghetto
628 Say Hello - Album Version (Edited)
629 Jay-Z-Best Of Me (Remix) (Feat. Mya)
630 Who U Wit II
631 Parking Lot Pimpin'
632 D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
633 Oh My God
634 2 Many Hoes
635 Hard Knock Life - Live
636 Jay-Z-Psa Ii
637 Tower Heist
638 Blue Magic (Explicit)
639 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)*
640 Bump Bump Bump Freestyle
641 Friend Or Foe '98*
642 Young Forever (feat.Mr Hudson)
643 The Prelude - Album Version (Edited)
644 Somewhere in America
645 Threat 2
646 Crazy in Love

Jay-Z Albums

Jay-Z Bio

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969) better known as Jay-Z, is an American rapper and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. He co-owns The 40/40 Club and the New Jersey Nets. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having sold over 26 million units in the United States. His critically acclaimed album, The Blueprint, was written in only two days. After announcing his retirement from recording music in 2003, he returned in late 2006 with the album Kingdom Come, which sold 680,000 copies in its first week, Jay-Z's highest-selling album in a one-week period. MTV named him #1 on their list of the greatest MCs of all time. The New York Times announced that Jay-Z is on the verge of a partnership with Live Nation for $150 million — among the most expensive contracts ever awarded to a musician. Carter married Beyoncé Knowles on April 4, 2008.

Originally from Marcy Houses housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Jay-Z was abandoned by his father Adnes Reeves and shot his brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry when he was twelve years old. Jay-Z attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn, along with rapper AZ, until it was closed down. After that he attended George Westinghouse Information Technology High School in Downtown Brooklyn, with fellow rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes, and Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, but did not graduate. He claims to have been caught up in selling drugs, to which he refers in his music.

According to his mother Gloria Carter, a young Jay-Z used to wake his siblings up at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table. Eventually, she bought him a boom box for his birthday and thus sparked his interest in music. He began freestyling, writing rhymes, and followed the music of many artists popular at the time. It is stated that he beat Busta Rhymes in a rap battle, but also has lost to DMX. On top of that, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Bizzy Bone was snatched by his employer and taken to New York to battle Jay-Z; Bizzy reportedly was victorious in the battle

On April 4, 2008, it was reported by People that Knowles and Jay-Z had been married at a private ceremony in New York City. It became a matter of public record on April 22, 2008, but Knowles did not publicly debut her $5 million Lorraine Schwartz-designed wedding ring until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5, 2008 in New York City.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay-z