Shawn Corey Carter better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer
Record producer
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, entrepreneur
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, and occasional actor
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. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2010. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving thirteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.

For nine six, the only mc wit a flu / Yeah I rhyme sick I be what you tryin to do / Made a fortune off Peru, expedite, china white heron / Nigga please like short sleeves I bear arms.

"Brooklyn's Finest", Reasonable Doubt|Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Hand gettin the mic. Forgettin all I ever knew, convenient amnesia. I suggest you call my lawyer, I know the procedure. Lock my body, can't trap my mind; easily, explains why we adapt to crime. I'd rather die enormous than live dormant, that's how we on it.

"Can I Live", Reasonable Doubt|Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Hov' is back, life stories told through rap / Niggas actin' like I sold you crack / Like I told you sell drugs - No! / Hov' did that so hopefully you won't have to go through that

Izzo (H.O.V.A.)|Izzo (H.O.V.A.), The Blueprint|The Blueprint (2001)

I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell / I am a hustler, baby, I'll sell water to a well

"U Don't Know", The Blueprint|The Blueprint (2001)

Six oohie, jewels drippin, big toolie / I ball for real, y'all niggas is Sam Bowie / And with the third pick - I made the earth sick / M.J., him Jay, fade away perfect"

"Hola' Hovito", The Blueprint|The Blueprint (2001)

Niggas pray and pray on my downfall, But every time I hit the ground I bounce up like round ball

"Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)", The Blueprint|The Blueprint (2001)

On repeat, the CD of B.I.G.'s 'Me and My Bitch' / Watching Bonnie and Clyde, pretending to be that shit / Empty gun in your hand saying, 'Let me see that clip' / Shopping sprees, pull out your Visa quick / A nigga had very bad credit, you helped me lease that whip / You helped me get the keys to that V dot 6 / We was so happy poor but when we got rich / That's when our signals got crossed, and we got flipped

Song Cry|Song Cry, The Blueprint|The Blueprint (2001)

Motherfuckers say that I'm foolish I only talk about jewels / Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it? / See I'm influenced by the ghetto you ruined / That same dude you gave nothing, I made something doing

"Renegade", The Blueprint|The Blueprint (2001)