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Life and Times of Shawn Carter - Jay Z

End Of The Year Artist Tribute
Jay-Z Ages.jpgThis issue marks the end of our first year in regular circulation and our first celebrated artist.  Each year we will select an artist who has been a consistent subject of comment, debate and praise among students and academics alike.  Our focus is on artists who were part of many students’ four-year academic experiences. We have reviewed debates, arguments, praise, rumors, reviews, surveys and more. Many artists made the final list, but the one person who seemed to be everyone’s soundtrack and inspiration was Jay Z.

Next spring we will ask you to participate directly in this selection and we will include other category of artists as well.  But for now we hope you enjoy our celebration of the work of Mr. Shawn Corey Carter.

Take a look at a timeline that we have compiled that features a number of music videos from various eras of Jay-Z's career.

Deeper: How To Read A Lyric


Jay Z Staple Crop.jpgStaple Crops has released their first Rap Data Pack, and it focuses on Jay-Z. It includes the raw data from Hov's complete body of work: word count, readability, release dates, Geo Codes, etc..

BYP.jpgThe Black Youth Project's Rap Lyrics Database lets you search through lyrics of Billboard Music's top rap songs from 1989 to February 2009 in three different ways: (1) by the list of songs that appeared on the charts for 20 weeks or more (indicating heavy radio and video play), (2) by only the number one songs from the Rap charts, or (3) both lists at the same time.


Jay Z Playlist 



Jay Z Bibliography

 
Jay-Z hands folded.jpgTake a look at our Jay Z bibliography. It can be found in the "Featured" section of our Hiphop University Bibliography on www.hiphoparchive.org.


Brooklyn's Finest


Watch this video montage of some of BK's most notable MCs and cultural landmarks.




Jay Z Lyrics

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Reasonable Doubt  
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In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
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Vol. 2... Hardknock Life
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Vol. 3 ... Life and Times of S. Carter  
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The Dynasty: ROC La Familia
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The Blueprint  
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Best Of Both Worlds
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The Blueprint 2: The Gift and The Curse 
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The Black Album
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Unfinished Business
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Kingdom Come

American Ganster
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The Blueprint 3 
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Circle: Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black...
by Kyle Kilat

fade-to-black.jpgThe first time I heard Jay spit those lines on "99 Problems," I loved it. The swagger in Hov's delivery hit me as hard through my headphones as Rick Rubin's blistering beat, my face twisted up, and my head nodded in approval.

That was 2003, when my second year in college had just begun, and The Black Album was the soundtrack of my life. At a time when I was stumbling through a journey of self-discovery... (Read More)


End Of The Year Artist Tribute

Deeper: Jay-Z

Jay Z Playlist

Jay Z Bibliography

Brooklyn's Finest

Jay Z Lyrics

Circle: Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black...

Jay-Z Videos
Jay-Z - "Young Forever"

Jay-Z - "Anything"

Jay-Z - "Jigga What, Jigga Who"

Jay-Z ft. Pharrell - "Excuse Me Miss"

Jay-Z - "Blue Magic"

Jay-Z ft. Swizz Beats - "On To The Next One"

Jay-Z - "Song Cry"

Jay-Z - "Guilty Until Proven Innocent"

Jay-Z - "Dead Presidents"

Jay-Z - "Can't Knock The Hustle"

Jay-Z - "Streets Is Watching/ Where I'm From"

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