Jay-Z, 1st Edition

  • Laurie Hillstrom
  • Published By: Lucent Press (Rosen)
  • ISBN-10: 142050312X
  • ISBN-13: 9781420503128
  • DDC: 782.421649
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 10th Grade
  • 96 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released January 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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Shawn Corey Carter is a high-school dropout from a housing project in Brooklyn, New York. Rapper Jay-Z is an enormously successful award-winning musician, businessman and entrepreneur with a multi-million dollar empire. This book charts that journey, from Shawn's life growing up in the projects and his years dealing drugs to survive, to his introduction to the world of rap. It describes Jay-Z's earliest work through his career as an artist, his retirement from performing, his career as a recording executive, and his return to music.

Features and Benefits

  • Nearly 70 percent of entries are either completely new or substantially revised and updated for this edition.
  • Through quotations from the individual profiled as well as from friends, supporters, and critics, readers learn how these men and women view themselves as well as how other regard them.
  • Each book in this series includes sidebars, photographs, annotated bibliographies, timelines, and comprehensive indexes.


"Like the other titles in Lucent’s People in the News series, the text is based on primary sources that are well documented through footnotes, making the process of constructing the biography transparent for readers. "The book is up-to-date, reflecting Carter’s 2008 marriage to R&B singer Beyonce Knowles and strong support of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, ending with the release of The Blueprint III album in September 2009. "Well-researched and presented. Recommended for high school libraries." -- Reference Unbound, February 2010

— Wendy Stephens