Where is he from? Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, grew up in the Marcy Houses, a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
What’s he done? Jay-Z has released 11 studio albums, won 17 Grammy Awards, helmed Def Jam Records, launched a clothing line called Rocawear, and is an owner of the Brooklyn Nets. Not to mention, he married Beyonce in 2008.
Why is he an icon? Jay-Z does it all: music, fashion, basketball, the 40/40 Club, and family. He’s one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America and, all the while, remains a proud Brooklyn boy.
Quote: “I’ve never looked at myself and said that I need to be a certain way to be around a certain sort of people. I’ve always wanted to stay true to myself, and I’ve managed to do that. People have to accept that.”
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