Born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York, Jay-Z began rapping at a young age to evade the world of violence, drugs and poverty in which he lived. In 1989, Jay-Z collaborated on his first song called "The Originators" with his mentor Jaz-O, which resulted in a chance to appear in Yo! MTV Raps. He stayed under the radar until he and his...
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