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In the years since releasing his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996, Jay-Z has become a hip-hop powerhouse. He has twelve #1 albums, a record label, and Jay-Z tickets are always much in demand. Following his extremely popular Magna Carter World Tour, Jay-Z is teaming up with wife Beyonce for the On The Run Tour. Don't miss your chance to see Jay-Z in action.
|Current Tour:||On The Run|
|First Album:||Reasonable Doubt (1996)|
Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. He became interested in music as a child and began writing rhymes and free-styling after his mother bought him a boom box for his birthday. With an absent father, Carter looked to the streets for financial support. As a teen, Jay-Z met up with small-time rapper Jaz-O, aka Big Jaz, from whom he learned the ins and outs of the record industry. Unable to land a deal with a major label, Jay-Z decided to form his own record label, Roc-A-Fella Records, on which he released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996.
Jay-Z's next string of albums, which included Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life (1998), The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003), were each more popular than the last and catapulted him to the forefront of the rap scene. In 2003, Jay-Z announced his retirement from recording. He assumed the role of president of Def Jam Records but came out of retirement in 2005 for his "I Declare War" concert, and released his comeback album, Kingdom Come, in 2006. He released his 11th album, The Blueprint 3, on September 8, 2009. His 12th album, Magna Carta...Holy Grail was released in 2013. In addition to his studio albums, Jay-Z has released four compilation albums and five collaboration albums, including Watch the Throne with Kanye West.
The collaboration between Jay-Z and other artists also often extends to touring runs, and he has had major acclaimed outings with West and Justin Timberlake, among other artists. He is just as successful on solo tours, and Jay-Z tickets have no trouble selling out.