The award-winning musician and multi-millionaire entrepreneur accomplished the American dream after being born in the projects. His surprising life facts, coming up next.
1. Early manhood. He became the man of his house at the age 11, after his father left and never came back. That struggle helped him in becoming independent and looking for a better life at a young age.
2. He is a man of the people. Shawn was seen several times both in New York and London riding the subway, on his way to his concerts. Fans that were on their way to the stadium to see him perform were shocked and took pictures with him.
3. He is a billionaire. Starting his success with hip hop, he managed to establish a portfolio that includes mansions around the world, ownership in the NBA basketball team New York Nets, clothing brand called Rocawear as well as beverages. About his ventures he stated "my companies are like an extension from myself, I get attached emotionally to them". Who knows, maybe his emotions are a fundamental part of his success.
Here is one of the most epic songs of Jay-Z in collaboration with Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind":