JAY-Z is one of the richest musicians in the world and he and his wife Beyonce are one of the most influential power couples in music culture.
But what is the rapper’s net worth? And did he really cheat on Queen Bey? Here’s the lowdown on the legendary artist.
What’s Jay-Z’s net worth and what is his company Roc Nation?
Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of £630 million ($810 million), according to Forbes Magazine.
As well as his successful rap career, the musician makes the millions through his Roc Nation company, clothing line Rocawear and Armand de Brignac champagne.
Roc Nation is an entertainment company which houses a record label, talent agency, touring and concert production company, music, film, and television production company as well as a music publishing house.
The company is also home to a diverse roster of recording artists, musicians and record producers including Shakira and Demi Lovato.
In 2018 it was reported that Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce is worth over £272 million ($350 million), meaning their net worth as a couple broke the $1 billion dollar mark at $1.16 billion.
What has Jay-Z said about 21 Savage?
Jay-Z has branded 21 Savage’s arrest “an absolute travesty” and called for the rapper to be freed.
The rapper, who claimed to hail from a tough US neighbourhood, was arrested on February 3, 2019 for being in America illegally after he was found to be British.
Jay Z has spoken out in support of his pal.
In a statement he said: “The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U visa petition has been pending for 4 years.
“In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately #Free21Savage.”
What’s Jay-Z’s background and what’s his real name?
Jay-Z is 49-years-old, having been welcomed into the world by parents Adnis Reeves and Gloria Carter on December 4 1969.
His real name in Shawn Corey Carter and he grew up in Brooklyn, New York alongside rappers The Notorious B.I.G and Busta Rhymes.
While he had been known as “Jazzy” around the neighbourhood, he chose to take on the stage name Jay-Z in homage to his mentor Jaz-O.
Jay-Z has gone on to become a mentor himself, helping to launch the careers of acts including Rihanna, Rita Ora and Willow Smith.
In 2013 Jay went full Prince and took away the hyphen in his name, bothering grammaticians everywhere.
But he put it back in June 2017 to mark the release of his autobiographical album 4:44, which he says is about the “death of the ego”.
What are Jay-Z’s biggest albums?
Rolling Stone magazine ranked three of his albums among the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001) and The Black Album (2003).
As an artist, he holds the record for the most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 100 with 13.
He has sold over 100 million records in his career so far and received 21 Grammy Awards for his music.
Some of his most successful tracks include 99 Problems, Empire State Of Mind, Hard Knock Life, Run This Town and Holy Grail.
Jay-Z released his 13th studio album, 4:44 on 30 June 2017.
When did he meet Beyonce and when did they get married?
Jay-Z reportedly started a relationship with Beyonce after collaborating on the track 03 Bonnie & Clyde in 2002.
The track appeared on his album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse and Beyonce played his girlfriend in the video, setting the rumour mill into overdrive.
The couple married in secret in April 2008, with Beyonce announcing the news during a listening party for her album I am…Sasha Fierce that October.
The superstars welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy in January 2012.
It was announced that Beyonce had given birth to twins on June 18, with later reports suggesting the babies had been born prematurely a week before.
Did Jay-Z cheat on wife Beyonce?
Jay-Z finally admitted he cheated on Beyoncé.
The recording artist and music mogul told the New York Times, that he’s still emotionally scarred from his impoverished upbringing in Brooklyn.
And as Jay-Z discussed psychotherapy that’s when he made his admission of “infidelity.”
“You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode what happens? You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect,” he told executive editor Dean Baquet. “In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: Infidelity.”