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Jay Z by Michael Eric Dyson

Title JAY Z
Author Michael Eric Dyson
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2019-11-26
Category Music
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781250270887
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NOW A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY BESTSELLER "Dyson writes with the affection of a fan but the rigor of an academic. ... Using extensive passages from Jay-Z’s lyrics, 'Made in America' examines the rapper’s role as a poet, an aesthete, an advocate for racial justice and a business, man, but devotes much of its energy to Hova the Hustler." —Allison Stewart, The Washington Post "Dyson's incisive analysis of JAY-Z's brilliance not only offers a brief history of hip-hop's critical place in American culture, but also hints at how we can best move forward." —Questlove JAY-Z: Made in America is the fruit of Michael Eric Dyson’s decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he’s sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long. This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z's career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. As he enters his fifties, and to mark his thirty years as a recording artist, this is the perfect time to take a look at JAY-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today. In many ways, this is JAY-Z’s America as much as it’s Pelosi’s America, or Trump’s America, or Martin Luther King’s America. JAY-Z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by. Featuring a Foreword by Pharrell

Title Jay Z and the Roc A Fella Dynasty
Author Jake Brown
Publisher Amber Books Publishing
Release Date 2005
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 241
ISBN 0974977918
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discusses the life and career of rap artist Jay-Z.

Decoded by Jay-Z

Title Decoded
Author Jay-Z
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
Release Date 2010-12-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781588369598
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time. Praise for Decoded “Compelling . . . provocative, evocative . . . Part autobiography, part lavishly illustrated commentary on the author’s own work, Decoded gives the reader a harrowing portrait of the rough worlds Jay-Z navigated in his youth, while at the same time deconstructing his lyrics.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own.”—The New Yorker “Elegantly designed, incisively written . . . an impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps.”—Los Angeles Times “A riveting exploration of Jay-Z’s journey . . . So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism.”—The Boston Globe “Shawn Carter’s most honest airing of the experiences he drew on to create the mythic figure of Jay-Z . . . The scenes he recounts along the way are fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly “Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Empire State Of Mind by Zack O'Malley Greenburg

Title Empire State of Mind
Author Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2015-09-22
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780698410206
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"I'm not a businessman-I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he first and foremost a business. And as much as Martha Stewart or Oprah, he has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the local radio station playing Jay-Z's latest hit, spritz yourself with his 9IX cologne, slip on a pair of his Rocawear jeans, lace up your Reebok S. Carter sneakers, catch a Nets basketball game in the afternoon, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig before heading to an evening performance of the Jay-Z-backed Broadway musical Fela! and a nightcap at his 40/40 Club. He'll profit at every turn of your day. But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect. Surprisingly to many, he honed his business philosophy not at a fancy B school, but on the streets of Brooklyn, New York and beyond as a drug dealer in the 1980s. Empire State of Mind tells the story behind Jay-Z's rise to the top as told by the people who lived it with him- from classmates at Brooklyn's George Westinghouse High School; to the childhood friend who got him into the drug trade; to the DJ who convinced him to stop dealing and focus on music. This book explains just how Jay-Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. Zack O'Malley Greenburg draws on his one-on-one interviews with hip-hop luminaries such as DJ Clark Kent, Questlove of The Roots, Damon Dash, Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, MC Serch; NBA stars Jamal Crawford and Sebastian Telfair; and recording industry executives including Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records. He also includes new information on Jay-Z's various business dealings, such as: *The feature movie about Jay-Z and his first basketball team that was filmed by Fab 5 Freddy in 2003 but never released. *The Jay-Z branded Jeep that was scrapped just before going into production. *The real story behind his association with Armand de Brignac champagne. *The financial ramifications of his marriage to Beyonce. Jay-Z's tale is compelling not just because of his celebrity, but because it embodies the rags-to-riches American dream and is a model for any entrepreneur looking to build a commercial empire.

Jay Z by Jessica Gunderson

Title Jay Z
Author Jessica Gunderson
Publisher Capstone Classroom
Release Date 2012-01-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 31
ISBN 9781429679930
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"In graphic novel format, describes the life of Jay-Z focusing on his music career and business success"--Provided by publisher.

Jay Z by Bridget Heos

Title Jay Z
Author Bridget Heos
Publisher The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Release Date 2009-01-15
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 48
ISBN 9781435850521
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Profiles the rapper who rose from a childhood of poverty to become a Grammy Award winner, company CEO, and multimillionaire.

Jay Z by Julius Bailey

Title Jay Z
Author Julius Bailey
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2014-01-10
Category Music
Total Pages 223
ISBN 9780786485734
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jay-Z is one of America’s leading rappers and entrepreneurs, as well known for his music as for his business acumen. This text seeks to situate Jay-Z within his musical, intellectual and cultural context for educational study. Thirteen essays address such topics as Jay-Z’s relevance to African-American oral history, socially responsible hip hop and upward mobility in the African-American community. By observing Jay-Z through the lens of cultural studies, this study assists the teacher, student, scholar, and fan in understanding how he became such an historically significant figure. Each essay includes a set of review questions meant to spark discussion in the classroom. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Jay Z by Stephen G. Gordon

Title Jay Z
Author Stephen G. Gordon
Publisher Twenty-First Century Books
Release Date 2013-04-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 112
ISBN 9781467710619
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "anyone who has followed Jay-Z's career knows [that] the superstar born Shawn Corey Carter has long defied anyone who tried to pigeonhole him." He left behind the dangerous life of a drug dealer and became one of the biggest names in music. He then achieved success as a businessman, an activist, and an author, while staying true to the spirit of hip-hop.Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jay-Z grew up in a household full of music lovers. After hearing people rap for the first time, he also discovered the creative fire within himself. He began to make up rhymes nonstop—and made his way from financial hardship to the throne of a music empire.

Jay Z by EPUB 2-3

Title Jay Z
Author EPUB 2-3
Publisher Infobase Learning
Release Date 2012-11-15
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781438141084
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jay Z by Paul Hoblin

Title Jay Z
Author Paul Hoblin
Publisher ABDO Publishing Company
Release Date 2012-01-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 112
ISBN 9781614786016
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This title examines the fascinating life of Jay-Z. Readers will learn about Jay-ZÍs childhood, family, time as a drug dealer, rise to fame, and relationship with Beyonc_. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Jay-ZÍs early interest in music that led to the release of his albums Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Vol. 2ƒHard Knock Life, Vol. 3ƒLife and Times of S. Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse, The Black Album, Kingdom Come, American Gangster, his record label Roc-A-Fella Records, his clothing brand Rocawear, his Grammy Awards, his time as Def JamÍs CEO, which included signing stars such as Rihanna, Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Nas, and the Roots, and his philanthropic efforts. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Jay Z by Jeff Burlingame

Title Jay Z
Author Jeff Burlingame
Publisher Enslow Publishing, LLC
Release Date 2014-01-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 104
ISBN 9780766042322
Language English, Spanish, and French
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One of the first singles from The Black Album, a famous Jay-Z record, rap "What More Can I Say"? But the real question is what more can this music legend do? From the platinum albums to the sold-out concerts to his Rocawear clothing brand, Jay-Z has done it all. He has sold some 50 million albums worldwide. He even has a sneaker named after him. From the Brooklyn projects to the corner office in Manhattan, Jay-Z made his own way, overcoming many obstacles. Author Jeff Burlingame explores the remarkably interesting life of this hip-hop icon.

Jay Z by C.F. Earl

Title Jay Z
Author C.F. Earl
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2014-09-02
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 48
ISBN 9781422292228
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jay-Z is one of hip-hop's biggest stars. The New York rapper has been successful in music for more than 15 years. His albums have sold millions and he's won many awards for his work. Jay's also found success in the business of hip-hop, too. His companies Roca Wear and Roc-Nation have been hugely successful. With Watch the Throne, Jay continues to make great music fans love. Jay-Z is the story of how Jay went from selling drugs to selling records. Read about how Jay made smart decisions early on in his career and how he's stayed successful ever since.

Title Celebrity Biographies The Amazing Life Of Jay Z Famous Stars
Author Matt Green
Publisher Matt Green
Release Date 2020
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ever wondered how Jay Z rose to stardom? When he was young, Shawn Carter used to sneak away from the putrid halls of his ratty Brooklyn apartment to walk the busy streets of a city alive with success. The young boy who grew up in the shadow of the towering skyscrapers of New York City ascended to the pinnacle of music recognition through hard work and determination. As the subject of one of the first and most famous rap rags to riches stories, rapper Jay Z’s career has had an influential impact on a new generation of rappers who cite the rap godfather’s passion and hard-working attitude as inspiration for their own career paths. Starting as an amateur rapper in the Brooklyn underground scene, Jay Z quickly rose to the heights of rap superstardom. For more interesting facts you must read the biography. Grab your biography book now!

Jay Z by Roman P. Nacerous

Title Jay Z
Author Roman P. Nacerous
Publisher Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Release Date 2011-01-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9781433947995
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Profiles the life and career of the entertainer, Jay-Z.

Jay Z by Jay-Z

Title Jay Z
Author Jay-Z
Publisher Mtv Books
Release Date 2003-12
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0743489195
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a revealing memoir, hip-hop artist Jay-Z shares his reminscences and reflections on his mysterious past, the difficult choices he has been forced to make, growing up in New York's Marcy Projects, and his successful musical career. 75,000 first printing.

Jay Z The King Of America by Mark Beaumont

Title Jay Z The King of America
Author Mark Beaumont
Publisher Omnibus Press
Release Date 2017-10-02
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780857127921
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jay-Z: King of America is the first in-depth biography to dissect the life and music of the most successful rapper of all time. From crack dealing on the mean streets of New York to million dollar deals at the highest echelons of music industry, Jay-Z’s story is a whole new kind of American Dream. Updated to include recent turbulence with Kanye West, rumours of an affair with Rhianna, his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail and troubles with his streaming service Tidal, this is the most complete biography of Jay-Z available. Author Mark Beaumont has interviewed Jay-Z, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Damon Dash, Dr Dre, Rick Rubin and more. Revealing insights from these encounters inform this no-holds-barred biography of a great American success story. Along his winding path Jay-Z shattered barriers in rap music and has done more than anyone to make the genre the global crossover success it is today. This book includes detailed accounts of all 12 of his albums, including the seminal classic Reasonable Doubt, the landmark Blueprint trilogy and his latest gem, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Mark Beaumont traces Jay Z’s ascent to hip-hop’s throne and his pivotal role in forging modern rap music. Taking in all of the drug busts, knife attacks, entrepreneurial brilliance, premature retirements and secret weddings, this is Jay-Z’s hard knock life fully exposed… “Definitely THE book to own this Christmas, and takes his rightful place at the top of our book chart.” - RWD magazine (Leading UK urban music mag)

Title Jay Z the Library of Hip Hop Biographies Large Print 16pt
Author Bridget Heos
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com
Release Date 2011-05-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 64
ISBN 9781459621831
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jay-Z is more than a successful hip-hop artist. He is a businessman. He's sold over 33 million albums, is part owner of the New Jersey Nets, and is a co-founder of the Roc-A-Fella Records. Growing up in the projects in Brooklyn, Jay-Z overcame family hardship and adversity to become one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time.

From Jim Crow To Jay Z by Miles White

Title From Jim Crow to Jay Z
Author Miles White
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Release Date 2011-11-01
Category Music
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780252093678
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This multilayered study of the representation of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance takes aim at the reduction of African American male culture to stereotypes of deviance, misogyny, and excess. Broadening the significance of hip-hop culture by linking it to other expressive forms within popular culture, Miles White examines how these representations have both encouraged the demonization of young black males in the United States and abroad and contributed to the construction of their identities. From Jim Crow to Jay-Z traces black male representations to chattel slavery and American minstrelsy as early examples of fetishization and commodification of black male subjectivity. Continuing with diverse discussions including black action films, heavyweight prizefighting, Elvis Presley's performance of blackness, and white rappers such as Vanilla Ice and Eminem, White establishes a sophisticated framework for interpreting and critiquing black masculinity in hip-hop music and culture. Arguing that black music has undeniably shaped American popular culture and that hip-hop tropes have exerted a defining influence on young male aspirations and behavior, White draws a critical link between the body, musical sound, and the construction of identity.

Jay Z by John Bankston

Title Jay Z
Author John Bankston
Publisher Mitchell Lane Pub Incorporated
Release Date 2004
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 1584152230
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Discusses the life and career of rap artist Jay-Z.

A B To Jay Z by Jessica Chiha

Title A B to Jay Z
Author Jessica Chiha
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-04
Category Alphabet books
Total Pages 86
ISBN 0648073904
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

ABC alphabet book for kids