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By Jeff Burlingame

One of many first singles from THE BLACK ALBUM, a well-known Jay-Z list, rap "What extra am i able to Say"? however the actual query is what extra can this song legend do? From the platinum albums to the sold-out concert events to his Rocawear garments model, Jay-Z has performed all of it. He has bought a few 50 million albums around the globe. He even has a sneaker named after him. From the Brooklyn tasks to the nook place of work in long island, Jay-Z made his personal method, overcoming many hindrances. writer Jeff Burlingame explores the remarkably attention-grabbing lifetime of this hip-hop icon.

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But this time, he decided to take a different approach that hopefully would sell records and help expand his record label at the same time. Instead of superstar contributors, The Dynasty was full of up-and-comers who were signed by RocA-Fella Records. They were artists the label had hoped to promote and make successful. What better way to accomplish that feat than to pair them up on a record with the biggest, best-selling rapper on the planet? 51 Jay-Z The Dynasty was a huge risk. Sure, everyone loved Jay-Z, but no one knew who most of the other performers on the record were.

Village Voice said, “Jay-Z is in fine form throughout, but the production sounds a bit flat. . As usual, Bleek raps like he’s on autopilot, boiling down Jay-Z’s personality into a charmless caricature. . The most alarming thing about Roc La Familia is the occasional whiff of desperation. . What do you do after you’ve conquered the world? Like the Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z doesn’t really have an answer . . ” Though Jay-Z had somehow managed to avoid too large an entanglement in the prime years of the West Coast–East Coast rap feud, he was unable to avoid the battle for his home turf that occurred after the coastal feud had all but ended in the early 2000s.

Life and Times of S. Carter, Jay-Z’s latest record picked up where he had left off. It combined his frequently fast-paced flow with several celebrity guest vocalists and producers into a fifteen-song package that again debuted atop the Billboard charts. The album’s singles included “Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up),” “Big Pimpin’,” and “Things That U Do,” which featured superstar Mariah Carey on vocals. Vol. 3 . . Life and Times of S. Carter sold nearly a half-million copies in the first week it was available for purchase.

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