He is the most popular male rapper on UKMix: Jigga Jigga, Hova-man, J to the Z: Jay-Z. (BTW he just surpassed Kanye by TWO LITTLE points)
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name, Jay-Z is an American hip hop artist and businessman. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $150 million, shipping over 30 million copies of his albums in the United States alone and receiving several Grammy Awards for his musical work.
Jay-Z co-owns The 40/40 Club and the NBA's New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records and recently, the founder of his new venture Roc Nation. He is also the current holder for the record of most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200.
Along with his financial and musical success, Jay-Z is known for being involved in the feud between him and fellow New York rapper Nas, which was eventually settled in 2005. He is also known for his relationship with Beyoncé Knowles, whom he married on April 4, 2008.
From the beginning of his professional recording career, when no major label gave him a record deal, Jay-Z, Damon Dash, and Kareem Biggs created Roc-A-Fella Records as their own independent label. After striking a deal with Priority to distribute his material, Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt with beats from acclaimed producers such as DJ Premier and Super DJ Clark Kent and a notable appearance by The Notorious B.I.G.. Despite reaching only number 23 on the Billboard 200, the album was well-received by critics. This album would later be included in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" as #248 and would later reach platinum status.
In 1998, Jay-Z released Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life which spawned the biggest hit of his career at the time, "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)". He 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. Other producers include: DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, The 45 King, and Kid Capri. Charting hits from this album included "Can I Get A...", featuring Ja Rule and Amil, and "**** What, **** Who", which featured Amil too. Vol. 2 would eventually become Jay-Z's most commercially successful album; it was certified 5× Platinum in the United States and has to date sold over five million copies. The album went on to win a Grammy Award, although Jay-Z boycotted the ceremony protesting DMX's failure to garner a Grammy nomination.
In 2001, Jay-Z spoke out against Prodigy after he took an issue with a Jay-Z line from "Money, Cash, Hoes" that he felt were subliminal shots at Mobb Deep and referenced Mobb Deep's beef with Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Death Row Records. He later performed a song "Takeover," at Summer Jam 2001, which initially attacked Prodigy and revealed photos of Prodigy dressed like Michael Jackson. A line at the end of "Takeover" referenced Nas, who criticized him on "We Will Survive". Nas responded with a diss track called "Stillmatic" and almost instantly, Jay-Z added a verse to "Takeover" which dissed Nas and would start a feud between the two rappers. Jay-Z later released his sixth studio album The Blueprint which was later considered by many to be one of hip hop's "classic" albums, receiving the coveted 5 mic review from The Source magazine.
Jay-Z toured with 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul while finishing work on what was announced as his final album, The Black Album. He worked with several producers including Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem, DJ Quik, 9th Wonder and Rick Rubin. Notable songs on the album included "What More Can I Say", "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", "Change Clothes", and "99 Problems". A few of the songs done on this album portray a more personal side of Jay-Z; for example, "Moment of Clarity" sheds light on his feelings towards his estranged father and coping with his death and deals with accusations that he sold out to reach a wider audience. "What More Can I Say" addresses the "biting" accusations leveled against him by Nas in "Ether" and other detractors. The Black Album has sold 3 million copies in the US.
On October 27, 2005, Jay-Z headlined New York's Power 105.1 annual concert, Powerhouse. The concert was entitled the "I Declare War" concert leading to intense speculation in the weeks preceding the event on whom exactly Jay-Z would declare war. As he had previously "declared war" on other artists taking lyrical shots at him at other events, many believed that the Powerhouse show would represent an all-out assault by Jay-Z upon his rivals. The theme of the concert was Jay-Z's position as President and CEO of Def Jam, complete with an on-stage mock-up of the Oval Office. Many artists made appearances such as the old roster of Roc-A-Fella records artists, as well as Ne-Yo, Teairra Mari, T.I., Young Jeezy, Akon, Kanye West, Paul Wall, The LOX, and Diddy.
Jay-Z's 11th studio album The Blueprint 3 was originally to be released on September 11, 2009 but was instead released on September 8, 2009 due to increasing anticipation. It is his 11th album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 and has surpassed Elvis Presley's previous record, making him the current record holder.
His never-ending smash hits are:
* The Originators (with Jaz-O)
* 1I Can't Get With That
* In My Lifetime
* Dead Presidents
* Ain't No **** (with Foxy Brown)
* Can't Knock the Hustle (feat. Mary J. Blige)
* Feelin' It
* I'll Be (with Foxy Brown)
* All of My Days (with Changing Faces)
* Who You Wit
* (Always Be My) Sunshine (feat. Foxy Brown & Babyface)
* Imaginary Player
* Streets Is Watching/Where I'm From
* Face Off
* You Must Love Me (feat. Kelly Price)
* The City Is Mine (feat. BLACKstreet)
* Wishing On A Star1
* It's Alright (feat. Memphis Bleek)
* Love for Free (with Rell)
* Money Ain't a Thang (with Jermaine Dupri)
* First Family 4 Life (with M.O.P.)
* Can I Get A... (with Amil & Ja Rule)
* Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
* Lobster & Shrimp (with Timbaland
* Money, Cash, Hoes (Remix) (feat. Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel & DMX)
* **** What, **** Who (Originator 99) (with Amil & Jaz-O)
* Girl's Best Friend
* Heatbreaker (with Jay-Z)
* Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up) (feat. Beanie Sigel & Amil)
* That's Right (with Amil)
* 4 da Fam (with Amil, Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek)
* Anything (with Beanie Sigel)
* Hey Papi (feat. Memphis Bleek & Amil)
* Big Pimpin' (feat. UGK)
* The Best of Me (Remix) (with Mýa)
* I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) (feat. Pharell)
* Is That Your Chick (feat. Memphis Bleek & Missy Elliott
* Change the Game (with Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek)
* You, Me, Him and Her (feat. Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek & Amil)
* Guilty Until Proven Innocent (with R. Kelly)
* Fiesta (remix) (with R. Kelly)
* Think It's a Game (with Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, Freeway & Young Chris)
* Do My - The Understanding (with memphis Bleek)
* Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
* Girls, Girls, Girls
* Song Cry
* 03 Bonnie & Clyde (feat. Beyoncé)
* 2002: What We Do (with Freeway & Beanie Sigel)
* Excuse Me Miss
* Frontin' (feat. Pharrell)
* Crazy in Love (feat. Beyoncé)
* Change Clothes
* Encore (Live)
* Dirt off Your Shoulder
* 99 Problems
* Numb/Encore (feat. Linkin Park)
* Déjà Vu (feat. Beyoncé)
* Show Me What You Got
* Lost One (feat. Chrisette Michele)
* Upgrade U (feat. Beyoncé)
* Minority Report (feat. Ne-Yo)
* Umbrella (with Rihanna)
* Blue Magic
* Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...)
* I Know
* Lost+ (with Coldplay
* D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
* Run This Town
* Empire State of Mind
Jay-Z wrote:Can't **** with me
They ain't ready yet
Motherfuckers wanna act loco, hit em wit, numerous
shots with the fo'-fo'
Faggots runnin to the Po-Po's, smoke em like cocoa
**** rap, coke by the boatload
**** dat, on the run-by, gun high, one eye closed
Left holes through some guy clothes
Stop your bullshittin, glock with the full clip
Motherfuckers better duck when the fool spit
One shot could make a **** do a full flip
See the **** layin shocked when the bullet hit
And hey ma, how you, know **** wanna buy you
But see me I wanna **** for Free_ like Akinyele
Take this ride 'til you feel it inside ya belly
If it's tight get the K-Y Jelly
All night get you wide up inside the telly
Side to side, til you say Jay-Z you're too much for me
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American recording artist, producer and actress. With record sales of over seven million in the United States, she is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum Under Construction.
Elliott is known for a series of hits and diverse music videos including "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "One Minute Man", "Work It", "Gossip Folks", "Pass That Dutch", "Lose Control" and "Ching-a-Ling". In addition, Elliott has worked extensively as a songwriter and producer for other artists, both alone and with her producer and childhood friend Timbaland. Elliott's songwriting and production credits include work for a number of other top artists, among them Aaliyah and Ginuwine.
In 1990 Missy Elliott, La Shawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman, and Radiah Scott formed an R&B group called Sista. She recruited her neighborhood friend Timothy Mosley as the group's producer and began making demo tracks. In 1991, Sista caught the attention of Jodeci member and producer DeVante Swing by performing Jodeci songs a cappella for him backstage after one of his group's concerts. In short order, Sista moved to New York City, signed to Elektra Records through DeVante's Swing Mob imprint. Elliott took Mosley (whom DeVante re-christened Timbaland) and their friend Melvin "Magoo" Barcliff along with her.
All 20-plus members of the Swing Mob, among them future stars such as Ginuwine, Playa, and Tweet, lived in a single two-story house in New York and were often at work on material both for Jodeci and their own projects. While Elliott wrote and rapped on Raven-Symoné's debut 1993 single, "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of", she also contributed songwriting duties, credited and uncredited, to the final two Jodeci albums: 1993's Diary of a Mad Band and 1995's The Show, The After Party, The Hotel. Timbaland and DeVante produced a Sista LP, 4 All the Sistas Around the World, completed in 1994. Though videos were released for the original and remix versions of the single "Brand New," the album was shelved and never released. One of the group's tracks "It's Alright" featuring Craig Mack did make the Dangerous Minds (Soundtrack) in 1995. But by the end of 1995, Swing Mob had folded and many of its members dispersed; Elliott, Timbaland, Magoo, Ginuwine, and Playa remained together and collaborated on each others' records for the rest of the decade.
After leaving Swing Mob, Elliott and Mosley (Timbaland) worked together as a songwriting/production team, crafting tracks for acts including SWV ("Can We?" 1997) and 702 ("Steelo" and its remix), but the most notable of them was Aaliyah. Elliott and Timbaland wrote and produced nine tracks for Aaliyah's second album, One in a Million (1996), among them the hit singles "If Your Girl Only Knew," "One in a Million," "Hot Like Fire," and "4 Page Letter." Elliott contributed background vocals and/or guest raps to nearly all of the tracks on which she and Timbaland worked. One in a Million went double-platinum and made stars out of the production duo.
Elliott and Timbaland continued to work together for other artists, later creating hits for artists such as Total ("What About Us," 1997), Nicole Wray ("Make It Hot," 1998), and Destiny's Child ("Get on the Bus," 1998), as well as one final hit for Aaliyah, "I Care 4 U" before her death in 2001.
Elliott began her career as a featured vocalist rapping on Sean "Puffy" Combs's Bad Boy remixes to Gina Thompson's "The Things That You Do," (which had a video featuring cameo appearances by Notorious B.I.G and Puff Daddy), MC Lyte's 1996 single "Cold Rock a Party" (backup vocals by Gina Thompson), and New Edition's 1996 single "You Don't Have to Worry." Combs had hoped to sign Elliott to his Bad Boy record label. Also that year Elliott appeared on the Men of Vizion's remix of "Do Thangz" which was produced by Rodney Jerkins (coincidentally the producer of the original version of "The Things That You Do").
In the center of a busy period making guest appearances and writing for other artists, Elliott's debut album, Supa Dupa Fly, was released in mid-1997; the success of its lead single "The Rain" led the album to be certified platinum. The album was also nominated for Best Rap Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards, but lost to Puff Daddy's No Way Out. The year also saw Elliott perform live at the MTV Video Music Awards show on a remix to Lil' Kim's "Ladies Night" with fellow rappers Da Brat, Angie Martinez and TLC-rapper Left Eye.
In 1998, Elliott continued her successful career in the background as a producer and writer on Total's single "Trippin'," as well as working with several others in the hip-hop and R&B communities. The same year, Elliott also produced and made a guest appearance on Spice Girl Melanie B's debut solo single, "I Want You Back," which topped the UK Singles Chart.
Although a much darker album than her debut, Elliott's second album was just as successful as the first, selling 1.5 million copies and 3 million copies worldwide. She remarked, "I can't even explain the pressure. The last album took me a week to record. This one took almost two months…I couldn't rush it the second time because people expect more." Da Real World (1999) included the singles "All n My Grill," a collaboration with Nicole Wray and Big Boi (from OutKast), a remix to "Hot Boyz" and "She's a Bitch". Also in 1999, Elliott was featured, alongside Da Brat, on the official remix to the popular Mariah Carey single "Heartbreaker". Missy Elliott next released Miss E… So Addictive in 2001. The album spawned the massive pop and urban hits "One Minute Man", featuring Ludacris and Trina, and "Get Ur Freak On", as well as the international club hit "4 My People" and the less commercially-successful single *"Take Away"*. The double music video for "Take Away/4 My People" was released in the fall of 2001, shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the death of Elliott's good friend Aaliyah in August. The "Take Away" video contained images of and words about Aaliyah, and the slow ballad acted as a tribute to her memory. The remainder of the video was the more upbeat "4 My People", contained scenes of people dancing happily in front of American flags and Elliott dressed in red, white and blue. Though "Take Away" was not a success on radio, "4 My People" went on to become an American and European club hit due to a popular techno Basement Jaxx remix in 2002.
For her next outing, Elliott and Timbaland focused on an old school sound, utilizing many old school rap and funk samples, such as Run DMC's "Peter Piper" and Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus" (in "Work It" and "Gossip Folks", respectively). Elliott's fourth album, 2002's Under Construction (see 2002 in music), included the aforementioned singles "Work It", Elliott's second biggest hit to date, and the successful duet with Ludacris, "Gossip Folks". As the "Work It" video had done during 2002, "Gossip Folks" became one of the most-played music videos on MTV, MTV2, MTV Jams, and BET in 2003. It received significantly less attention than "Work It" at urban radio, but was embraced by the dance community, as well as the mainstream, due to a Fatboy Slim remix. Although not released as single and with no video, "Pussycat", peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album is known as the best selling female rap album ever with 2.1 million copies sold in the United States. A year after Elliott's most successful album to date was released, Elliott felt pressured by her label to release another album, hoping to capitalize on her recent success. Elliott's singles, "Pass That Dutch" and "I'm Really Hot", from her fifth album, This Is Not a Test! (released November 2003), both rose the urban charts. However, both were not as successful at pop radio in comparison to many of her previous efforts. Elliott has since stated "This Is Not A Test! came out extremely too quickly for me. I didn't want it to come out when it did." Elliott furthered her relationship with Madonna by performing the controversial 2003 MTV Video Music Awards show opening alongside Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Following her less than usual sales from her previous album, Elliott wanted to "give people the unexpected" by utilizing producers other than Timbaland and a "more to the center" sound not as far left as her other music. Her sixth solo album, The Cookbook was released in July 2005 and debuted at number two on the U.S. charts. Its first single, "Lose Control", which featured Ciara and Fatman Scoop, became a Top 10 hit in the early summer (peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100), and the other album tracks featured guest appearances from Mike Jones, Fantasia, M.I.A., Slick Rick, Mary J. Blige, and Pharrell.
Respect M.E., Elliott's first greatest hits album, was released outside the United States and Canada on September 4, 2006, only in South Africa, Australia, Europe, Japan, and Brazil. The collection became her second top ten album in the UK and her highest charting album to date, peaking at number seven there. According to the BPI, it has been certified Gold for sales of over 100,000 units in the UK and 500,000 copies world wide.
n January 2008, Ching-a-Ling was released as the lead single for the Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack. Shake Your Pom Pom, produced by Timbaland, is also on the soundtrack. Both songs may appear on Elliott's forthcoming album.
In an interview with Elle Magazine in June 2009, Missy Elliott announced an Autumn 2009 release of Block Party, her seventh studio album, but was later pushed back a 4th time to January 2010. She reveals that "there are a lot of great collaborations on the record, but I can only give one away right now, and that’s Lil Wayne."
Here biggest hits are:
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
"Sock It 2 Me" (featuring Da Brat)
"Beep Me 911" (featuring 702 & Magoo)
"Hit Em Wit Da Hee" (featuring Lil Kim, Timbaland & Mocha)
"She's a Bitch"
"All N My Grill" (featuring Nicole Wray & Big Boi)
"Hot Boyz" (featuring Lil' Mo, Nas, Eve and Q-Tip) "Get Ur Freak On"
"One Minute Man" (featuring Ludacris & Trina)
"Take Away" (featuring Ginuwine and Tweet)
"4 My People" (featuring Eve)
"Gossip Folks" (featuring Ludacris)
"Back in the Day" (featuring Jay-Z and Tweet)
"Pass That Dutch"
"I'm Really Hot"
"Lose Control" (featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop)
"We Run This"
"Shake Your Pom Pom"
"That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" (with Raven-Symoné)
"Cold Rock a Party" (with MC Lyte)
"Can We" (with SWV)
"Not Tonight (Remix)" (with Lil Kim, Da Brat, Left-Eye & Angie Martinez)
"Make It Hot" (with Nicole Wray & Mocha)
"Up Jumps Da Boogie" (with Timbaland, Magoo & Aaliyah)
"Trippin'" (with Total)
"I Want You Back" (with Melanie B)
"Here We Come" (with Magoo & Timbaland)
"Ya Di Ya" (with Gina Thompson)
"Is That Yo Chick?" (with Memphis Bleek & Jay-Z)
"Lady Marmalade" (with Lil' Kim, Mya, Christina Aguilera & P!nk)
"Son of a Gun" (with Janet Jackson, P. Diddy & Carly Simon)
"Oops (Oh My)" (with Tweet)
"Burnin' Up" (with Faith Evans)
"Bootylicious (Rockwilder Remix)" (with Destiny's Child)
"Cop That Shit" (with Timbaland & Magoo)
"Party to Damascus" (with Wyclef Jean)
"Fighting Temptation" (with Beyoncé, Free and MC Lyte)
"Car Wash" (with Christina Aguilera)
"Tush" (with Ghostface Killah)
"1, 2 Step" (with Ciara)
"Turn da Lights Off" (with Tweet)
"Love Me Or Hate Me (Remix)" (with Lady Sovereign)
"Let It Go" (with Keyshia Cole & Lil' Kim)
"Bad Girl" (with Danity Kane)
"Whatcha Think About That" (with Pussycat Dolls)
"Let's Just Do It" (with Left-Eye & TLC)
"Work" (with Ciara)
"Bump What Ya Friends Say" (with Fantasia)
"In My Business" (with Whitney Houston)
"Do It (Remix)" (with Nelly Furtado)
"Bounce" (with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland & Dr. Dre)
As a little bonus we have some vintage Missy