Jay-Z is the stage name of the American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and record executive Shawn Corey Carter. He was born in New York City, New York on December 4, 1969. Jay-Z is considered to be one of the best rappers of all time and has been a global icon for over two decades. He started his music career after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995. The next year he released his debut studio album titled Reasonable Doubt. He has since released the albums In My Lifetime, Vol 1, Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, The Black Album, Kingdom Come, American Gangster, The Blueprint 3, Magna Carta…Holy Grail, and 4:44. He has also released two live albums, five compilation albums, one mixtape, and five collaboration albums. Jay-Z has sold over 55 million studio albums worldwide. He has also been involved in a number of films, including Streets Is Watching, Backstage, State Property, Paper Soldiers, Fade to Black, The Great Gatsby, Made in America, Annie, and Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. In 2010 he released his debut book titled Decoded, which is part memoir and part a collection of his lyrics with the stories behind them. Throughout his career he has been nominated for numerous awards and has won 22 Grammy Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and more.