31 Facts About Jay Z

1. Jay Z voiced that the hip-hop mogul likely would never have come out in support of gay marriage had President Obama not first taken the initiative.

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2. Jay Z became acquainted with Obama himself, who stated "Every time I talk to Jay-Z, who is a brilliant talent and a good guy, I enjoy how he thinks.

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3. Jay Z was an early supporter for the candidacy of Illinois senator and subsequent US president Barack Obama, performing for free in voter-drive concerts financed by the Democrats' campaign.

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4. Jay Z addressed the issue of the Katrina disaster, and the government's response, in his one verse song "Minority Report".

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5. Jay Z addressed racial profiling and police brutality in a conscious manner.

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6. Jay Z provides direction on brand programs and ads that appear on TV, radio, print, and high-profile events.

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7. Jay Z says "I grew up around music, listening to all types of people.

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8. Jay Z hit me right back like, 'Yo, I'ma go in on this,' or, 'I like this.

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9. Jay Z picked a couple of my joints that he's working on.

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10. Jay Z headlined many other summer festivals in 2008, including Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Hove Festival in Norway and O2 Wireless Festival in London.

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11. Jay Z relied more on flow and wordplay, and he continued with his penchant for mining beats from the popular producers of the day such as Swizz Beatz, an upstart in-house producer for Ruff Ryders, and Timbaland.

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12. Jay Z is the first rapper to be honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017 and to receive the "Salute to Industry Icons Award" at the 60th Grammy Awards.

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13. Jay Z holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, and has recorded four number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

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14. Jay Z has received 21 Grammy Awards, tied with Kanye West for the most by a rapper.

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15. Jay Z has acted as the president of Def Jam Recordings, and is the founder of the Roc Nation entertainment company, as well as creating its spin-off, Roc Nation Sports.

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16. Jay Z released the album a year after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records.

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17. Jay Z is one of the most acclaimed rappers of all time.

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18. Jay Z was arrested for stabbing someone in the past.

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19. Jay Z consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006.

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20. Jay Z appeared on Beyonce's hit single "Crazy in Love" as well as "That's How You Like It" from her debut album Dangerously in Love.

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21. On November 16, 2010, Jay Z published a memoir entitled Decoded.

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22. On January 9, 2012, Jay Z released "Glory", a song dedicated to their child, on his social website LifeandTimes.

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23. Jay Z said in a People article, "We don't play with our relationship.

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24. Jay Z became embroiled in several battles with rapper LL Cool J in the early 1990s.

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25. Jay Z can be briefly heard on several of Jaz-O's early recordings in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "The Originators" and "Hawaiian Sophie".

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26. Jay Z returned in 2013 with Magna Carta Holy Grail, which, in an exclusive deal with Samsung, was made available for free to users of the company's smartphones several days ahead of its official release.

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27. In 2003, Jay Z stopped to do rap, because he found that they weren't enough good rapper to compete with him.

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28. Jay Z had a good start, but he wasn't mainstream enough to be a star of hip-hop, so he decided to create his own label record with two of his friends called the Roc-A-Fella Records.

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29. Jay Z has several nicknames, "Jigga", "Hova", and "the greatest rapper alive".

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30. Jay Z explains his Kanye West diss on Meek Mill's album: 'Don't pit me against my brothers'.

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31. Jay Z has made more of his feelings about Kanye West known on a new Meek Mill track.

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