Shawn Corey Carter is well known in the music world as Jay-Z. He is one of the most famous, talented, and award-winning artists in the USA. His albums reached the top spot of Billboard 200 more often than those of any other solo artists’. If you count groups, only The Beatles achieved better results on the chart.
Shawn was born on 4 December 1969, in Brooklyn. His parents loved music but didn’t work in show business. They had four children. Shawn has two sisters and a brother. The future rapper loved basketball since childhood. In his free time, Carter read books and wrote poetry.
Shawn was a good student. The aspiring rapper was so talented that he often managed to solve the toughest tasks without too much studying. Carter’s parents had many vinyl records at home. That’s why Shawn fell in love with music rather early.
In the 1980s, Carter’s life changed. His uncle was robbed and killed on the streets. Soon after that, his father started dealing drugs and left the family. Shawn’s mother had to bring four children up on her own. It all happened when the artist was just five years old. He took it very tough. Shawn believed that his father betrayed him and the family.