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Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and media proprietor.
Carter is widely regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history and is also well known for being the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, cultivating major industry artists such as Rihanna and Rick Ross.
Jay-Z is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 50 million albums and 75 million singles sold worldwide.
He has won a total of 23 Grammy Awards, the most by a rapper, and holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, with 14.
He has been ranked by Billboard and fellow music publication Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Born: 4 December 1969