“Hip Hop has done more for race relations most cultural iconic; and I say save Martin Luther King, because his “I have a dream speech” was reasized when Obama was elected into office ”-Jay-Z (Jay-Z Quotes). Those famous words were said by Jay-Z, also known as the rapper that had the most iTunes downloads within the first week of release. He struggled as a teenager, however Jay Z is know known as one of the richest rappers alive, because he worked hard and achieved his goals.Shawn Corey Carter was born in Brooklyn New York on December 4,1969. He was the last born of his 4 siblings. “The only one who didn’t give me any pain when I gave birth to him, and that’s how I knew he was a special child” – Gloria Carter said. Jay-Z’s Father left him when he was only 11 years old. Gloria Carter raised Jay-Z in the Brooklyn projects around drugs. In his hard adolescence most of his songs are about his hard life as a kid. Shawn Carter was included with drugs and gang violence. He went to many high schools including George Washington Technical Education High School in Brooklyn downtown. He went to school with two other famous rappers Busta Rhymes and the Notorious B.I.G. Jay-Z said in his song (December 4th): “I went to School, Got good grades.”Jay-Z was very quiet about his personal life he did not want anybody to really know about it. He is married to popular singer and actress Beyoncé. They had a private wedding where no one knew where they got married on April 4, 2008. In the Big Apple there was 40 people that attended the ceremony where Jay Z live that his penthouse apartment. On January 7, 2012, Jay Z and Beyoncé welcomed a baby girl, Blue Ivy. They had a private room in the safety of a rented room in the New York Hill Hospital and hired extra cards when Blue Ivy was born. Jay Z recorded a song dedicated to his daughter. On his song “Glory” he talked about how happy he was to become a father and about how Beyoncé previously had a miscarriage.Jay-Z started rapping to get away from the drugs violence and poverty that was all around him where he lived in Marcy projects. He later joined a rapper named Jaz-O in 1989 he was an older rapper and was a mentor that recorded a song named “The Originators” It was a part of an appearance on MTV raps. That is how Shawn Carter got the nickname Jay Z. Jay Z and two of his friends founded their own record label called Roc A Fella Records. Jay Z is one of the most successful rappers in the game. He has 22 Grammys and is one of the richest African-Americans in the world.Jay-Z sent more than $2500 designer streets wear to the Spring Hill Campaign for Adolescent and University Students Empowerment (CAUSE) in appreciation of their community efforts. His November 2006 concert in New York City raise over $250,000 for PlayPumps International. On August 9, 2006 he met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the  organizations headquarters in New York. The rapper pledged to use his upcoming tour to raise awareness of and combat global water shortage. Also in 2006, he visited Africa and produced a documentary entitled Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life. He pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross Relief after Hurricane Katrina. Jay-Z supports numerous causes including AIDS and HIV, At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Children, Creative Arts, Disaster Relief, Economic Business Support, Education, Environment, Family/Parent Support, Health, Human Rights, poverty, Water. As well as numerous charities and foundations including Artists for Peace and Justice, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Global Poverty Project, GRAMMY Foundation, Keep A CHild Alive, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Music for Relief, PlayPumps, Red Cross, Robin Hood, and United Way. In October of 2015, Jay-Z held his first annual charity concert called Tidal X: 10/20 concert. This concert featured Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Usher, and other top selling artists. The following February, it was announced that Tidal has raised $1.5 million and proceeds went to numerous organizations, including Black Lives Matter and Sankota. After staying out of the political area for much of his career, Jay-z emerged as a strong support of Barack Obama during his first campaign of presidency in 2008. He appalled at rallies and had only high praise for African American Candidate. During on rally, Jay-Z told “Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama ran so we all could fly.” In 2008, Jay-Z signed a $150 million contract with the concert promotion company Live Nation. The super deal created a joint venture called Roc Nation, an entertainment company that handles nearly all aspects of their artists’ careers. Along with Jay-Z, Roc Nation signed other top artists like Rihanna, Shakira, and T.I. Jay-Z other business ventures include the popular urban clothing line Roc Wear and Roc-A-Fella films. He also owns the 40/40 club, and upscale sports bar that opened in New York City and later added venues in Atlantic City and Las Vegas (since closed) as well as Atlanta. Jay-Z once again stood Barack Obama for his 2012 reelection bid. The same time he stepped forward as a supporter of gay marriage. As he told CNN denying same sex couples the right to wed is no different than incriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination. Plain and simple. 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