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   » Related Artists:  The Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie),
       Kanye West, Tupac (2Pac), Nas, Beanie Sigel,
       Cam'Ron, Prodigy of Mobb Deep

JAY-Z LIFE AND CAREER TIMELINE


4th December 1970:  Jay-Z was born in New York on December 4, 1970. Before becoming one of the most respected and best-selling rappers of the latter half of the 90s, Jay-Z was growing up in Brooklyn, New York as a struggling MC, cashier at Kentucky Fried Chicken, and drug dealer.

1995:  Jay-Z began a different career as a solo rapper with the single "In My Lifetime" which eventually led to a distribution deal.

April 1996:  Jay-Z topped the Billboard Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart for 5 weeks with "Ain't No.../Dead Presidents."

June 1996:  Jay-Z released Reasonable Doubt with the tracks "Can't Knock The Hustle,""Feelin' It," "Dead Presidents," and "Brooklyn's Finest." The single "Dead Presidents" was certified gold.

September 1996:  Reasonable Doubt was certified gold.

November 1997:  Jay-Z released Volume 1... In My Lifetime with tracks "The City Is Mine" and "Sunshine."

January 1998:  'Volume 1... In My Lifetime' was certified gold.

May 1998:  Jay-Z appeared in the film Streets Is Watching and appeared on the soundtrack with the tracks "It's Alright," "Love For Free," "Only A Customer," "In My Lifetime" (remix), and "Celebration."

September 1998:  'Volume 2... Hard Knock Life' was released. Jay-Z could be heard on rap and even pop radio with his hits "Hard Knock Life" and "Can I Get A..." and his videos became a staple on MTV.

October 1998:  'Volume 2... Hard Knock Life' topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 5 weeks and the R&B; Albums chart for 6 weeks.

November 1998:  'Volume 2... Hard Knock Life' was certified 2x platinum. Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)."

December 1998:  'Volume 2... Hard Knock Life' was certified 3x platinum. Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Can I Get A...". Rolling Stone named Jay-Z the Best Hip-Hop Artist of the Year. Jay-Z topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top R&B; Album Artist and Top R&B; Album Artist - Male.

February 1999:  Jay-Z won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album (Volume 2... Hard Knock Life) and was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Hard Knock Life") and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Money Ain't A Thang" with Jermaine Dupri). Jay-Z boycotted the awards ceremony "...because too many major rap artists continue to be overlooked... Rappers deserve more attention from the Grammy committee and from the whole world. If it's got a gun everybody knows about it, but if we go on a world tour, no one know." A spokesperson for Jay-Z said after the awards: "If they want to give us awards, we'll take them. But we aren't gonna drop everything and run to the show to get a small pat on the head when they don't even air the award he won." 'Volume 2... Hard Knock Life' was certified 4x platinum and Volume 1... In My Lifetime was certified platinum.

March 1999:  The single "Hard Knock Life" was certified gold.

April 1999:  Jay-Z and DMX donated 1-night's worth of concert profits to the families of the Columbine victims when their Hard Knock Life tour hit Denver. Jay-Z told MTV: "We decided to donate the proceeds from this show as soon as we saw the date on the schedule." Jay-Z returned to the Top 40 with "Can I Get A...".

May 1999:  Jay-Z hit the Top 10 with "Can I Get A...".

Augusy 1999:  Jay-Z was named Lyricist of the Year, Solo at the Source Hip-Hip Music Awards. Jay-Z could be heard on the soundtrack for Blue Streak soundtrack with "Girls' Best Friend."

September 1999:  Jay-Z won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video ("Can I Get A...") and was nominated for Best Video from a Film and Viewer's Choice ("Can I Get A..."). Jay-Z hit the Top 40 by helping out Mariah Carey on her hit "Heartbreaker." Jay-Z topped the Billboard Rap Singles chart with "Jigga My..." for 2 weeks.

October 1999:  Jay-Z won a WB Radio Music Award for Song of the Year (Rhythm/Urban) ("Can I Get A..."). Jay-Z hit the Top 10 with his contribution to Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" (which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks and the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 2 weeks and the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 2 weeks, the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 2 weeks, and the Billboard Maxi-Singles Sales chart for 8 weeks.

December 1999:  Jay-Z was arrested after turning himself in in New York for charges related to a stabbing the night before - he was later charged with 4 counts of assault, but maintained his plea of innocence. Jay-Z released Volume 3... The Life & Times Of Shawn Carter at the end of the month with anticipation of selling over 1 million copies in the first week of release. Jay-Z won a Billboard Music Award for Rap Artist of the Year. Jay-Z hit #1 on Mariah Carey's hit "Heartbreaker." Jay-Z topped the Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers as the Top Hot Rap Artist.

January 2000:  Jay-Z was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist. 'Volume 3... The Life & Times Of Shawn Carter' debuted at #1 on the LP charts selling less than half a million copies in its first week of release in the U.S. and topped the Billboard R&B; Album chart for 2 weeks. By the end of the month, a grand jury in New York indicted Jay-Z on 2 counts of attempted assault related to the alleged stabbing last December.

February 2000:  Jay-Z pleaded not guilty to the stabbing charges. 'Volume 3... The Life & Times Of Shawn Carter' was certified 2x platinum.

March 2000:  'Volume 2... Hard Knock Life' was certified 5x platinum.

April 2000:  Jay-Z won an Online Hip-Hop Award for Artist of the Year.

May 2000:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Big Pimpin'."

June 2000:  Jay-Z could be heard on the soundtrack for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps soundtrack with "Hey Papi." Jay-Z could be heard on Busta Rhymes' LP, Anarchy, on the track "Why We Die."

September 2000:  The video "Big Pimpin'" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video.

October 2000:  Jay-Z released his next LP, The Dynasty Rock La Familia 2000, on the last day of the month.

November 2000:  Jay-Z won a Radio Music Award for Artist of the Year: Hip Hop/Rhythmic. The Dynasty Rock La Familia 2000 debuted at #1 on the Pop and R&B;/Hip-Hop LP charts. Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with with "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)."

December 2000:  Jay-Z hit #1 on the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart with "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)" for 3 weeks. The Dynasty Rock La Familia 2000 was certified 2x platinum.

January 2001:  Jay-Z hit #1 on the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for a week with "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)."

February 2001:  Jay-Z was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Big Pimpin'") and Best Rap Album (Volume 3... The Life & Times Of Shawn Carter). 'Volume 3... The Life & Times Of Shawn Carter' was certified 3x platinum. Jay-Z was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B;/Soul or Rap Album (The Dynasty Rock La Familia 2000).

April 2001:  Jay-Z was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Artist - Rap. Jay-Z was arrested in New York when a gun was found on his bodyguard.

May 2001:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 helping out R. Kelly with "Fiesta."

June 2001:  Jay-Z hit #1 on the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 5 weeks and the R&B;/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for a week with "Fiesta" (with R. Kelly). Jay-Z won a BET Award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.

September 2001:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)." Jay-Z's video for "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video. Jay-Z also performed at the ceremony. Jay-Z won a Source Award for Artist of the Year - Solo. Jay-Z released The Blueprint. The Blueprint topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for 3 weeks and the R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums chart for 3 weeks - selling over 426,000 copies in its 1st week of release in the US. Jay-Z topped the MTV Top 20 Video Countdown with "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)."

October 2001:  The Blueprint was certified platinum. Jay-Z performed at The Concert For New York City benefit concert in New York City (later released as an LP) with proceeds going to 9/11 charities.

November 2001:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Girls, Girls, Girls."

December 2001:  Jay-Z released Unplugged. Jay-Z received 3 years probation for a 1999 stabbing. Jay-Z topped Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks ("Fiesta" with R. Kelly) and as the Top Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Artist and the Top Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Artist - Male. Readers and critics of Rolling Stone voted Jay-Z as Best Hip-Hop Artist of the Year.

February 2002:  Jay-Z was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"), Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Change The Game" featuring Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek), and Best Rap Album (The Blueprint).

March 2002:  Reasonable Doubt was certified platinum. Jay-Z won a Soul Train Award for R&B;/Soul or Rap Album of the Year (The Blueprint). Jay-Z teamed up with R. Kelly for the LP The Best Of Both Worlds.

April 2002:  The Best Of Both Worlds topped the Billboard Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Album chart. The hits collection Chapter One: Greatest Hits was released overseas.

May 2002:  The Blueprint was certified 2x platinum and The Best Of Both Worlds was certified platinum.

October 2002:  Jay-Z appeared on the 8 Mile soundtrack with the track "8 Miles And Runnin'."

November 2002:  Jay-Z performed on Saturday Night Live. Jay-Z released a 2-CD set, The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse. Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with help from Beyoncé Knowles on "'03 Bonnie & Clyde." Jay-Z topped the Billboard Top 200 LP chart for a week and the Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums chart for 2 weeks with The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse selling over 545,000 copies its first week of release in the US.

December 2002:  'The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse' was certified 3x platinum. Jay-Z had moderate R&B; and rap hits with the tracks "People Talking," "Jigga," "Take You Home With Me a.k.a. Body" (with R. Kelly), "Get This Money" (with R. Kelly), "Song Cry," "Somebody's Girl" (with R. Kelly), "Shake Ya Body" (with R. Kelly and Lil' Kim), and "Hovi Baby."

January 2003:  Jay-Z hit the Top 10 with "'03 Bonnie & Clyde."

February 2003:  Jay-Z was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award with R. Kelly for R&B;/Soul Album Group, Band or Duo (The Best Of Both Worlds). Jay-Z was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance - Male ("Song Cry").

April 2003:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Excuse Me Miss." Jay-Z released Blueprint 2.1: Gift & Curse - the LP was shorter version of The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse with 2 additional unreleased tracks. Jay-Z topped the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for a week and the R&B;/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with "Excuse Me Miss." VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Jay-Z at # 10. Jay-Z's signature athletic shoes became the fastest sellers in Reebok's history. Jay-Z brought his viewpoints against the US war with Iraq with a remix of Panjabi MC's single "Beware Of The Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)."

May 2003:  Panjabi MC and Jay-Z topped the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart for a week with "Beware Of The Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)."

June 2003:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 and then the Top 10 helping out Beyoncé Knowles on "Crazy In Love" from her LP Dangerously In Love. Jay-Z and 50 Cent started touring together as part of the 'Rock The Mic Tour' kicking off in Connecticut.

July 2003:  Jay-Z topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 8 weeks, the Hot 100 Airplay chart for 8 weeks, the Top 40 Tracks chart, the Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 3 weeks, the Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 4 weeks, the Hot Digital Tracks chart for 6 weeks, and the UK singles chart for 3 weeks helping out Beyoncé Knowles on "Crazy In Love." Jay-Z could be heard on the Bad Boys 2 soundtrack with the track "La, La, La." Jay-Z hit #1 for 7 weeks helping out Beyoncé Knowles on "Crazy In Love."

August 2003:  Jay-Z topped the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 chart and Mainstream Top 40 chart with Beyoncé Knowles on "Crazy In Love." Jay-Z's video for "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video. His contribution to Beyoncé Knowles' "Crazy In Love" won for Best Female Video, Best Choreography (Frank Gatson, Jr.), and Best R&B; Video, and was nominated for Viewer's Choice. Jay-Z also performed at the ceremony. Jay-Z topped the Billboard Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 6 weeks and Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 5 weeks helping out Pharrell on "Frontin'" from The Neptunes Presents... The Clones compilation. Jay-Z could be heard on Mary J. Blige's LP, Love & Life, on the track "Love & Life."

September 2003:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 helping out Pharrell on "Frontin'." Jay-Z topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music / Club Play chart helping out Beyoncé Knowles on "Crazy In Love."

November 2003:  Jay-Z released The Black Album. Jay-Z topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for 2 weeks and Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Album chart for 3 weeks with The Black Album. The LP sold over 463,000 copies in the US during its first shortened week of release. Jay-Z was honored at the Vibe Awards with the TuBig Award. Jay-Z also won an award for Coolest Collabo along with Beyoncé Knowles for "Crazy In Love." Jay-Z could heard on Missy Elliott's LP This Is Not A Test on the track "Wake Up." Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Change Clothes."

December 2003:  Jay-Z topped the ARC Top Songs of 2003 along with Beyoncé Knowles with "Crazy In Love." Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 248: Reasonable Doubt, # 464: The Blueprint.

February 2004:  The Black Album was certified 2x platinum. Jay-Z won 2 Grammy Awards for Best R&B; Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Crazy In Love" with Rich Harrison, Beyoncé Knowles and Eugene Record) and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Crazy In Love" with Beyoncé Knowles), and was also nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Frontin'" with The Neptunes and Pharrell), Best Rap Album (The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse), and Best Rap Song (songwriter) ("Excuse Me Miss" with Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams).

March 2004:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "Dirt Off Your Shoulder."

May 2004:  Jay-Z released The Black Album: Acappella (Billboard peak: 106).

June 2004:  Jay-Z hit the Top 40 with "99 Problems." Jay-Z won 2 BET Awards for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Collaboration ("Crazy In Love").

August 2004:  The video for "99 Problems" won 4 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video, Best Direction (Mark Romanek), Best Cinematography (Joaquin Baca-Asay), and Best Editing, and was also nominated for Video of the Year, and Best Male Video.

October 2004:  Jay-Z won a Source Award for Lyricist of the Year. Jay-Z released The Best Of Both Worlds: Unfinished Business with R. Kelly. Jay-Z's fall tour with R. Kelly was cancelled one night after Kelly was allegedly pepper sprayed by a member of Jay-Z's entourage at a show in New York which resulted in Kelly leaving his set complaining of security concerns. Jay-Z ended up performing longer for the show with special guests. The single "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" was certified gold.

November 2004:  Jay-Z announced he would finish tour dates without R. Kelly and instead have special guests at the remaining dates. Jay-Z topped the Billboard 200 LP chart with The Best Of Both Worlds: Unfinished Business with R. Kelly selling over 215,000 copies in the US its first week of release. Jay-Z won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap Male Artist and was nominated for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Jay-Z collaborated with Linkin Park on MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z / Linkin Park: Collision Course with the track "Numb/Encore." Jay-Z and Linkin Park topped the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks chart with "Numb/Encore."

December 2004:  MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z / Linkin Park: Collision Course topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for a week and Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a week selling over 368,000 copies its first week of release. Jay-Z was named president and CEO of Def Jam Records. The Best Of Both Worlds: Unfinished Business was certified platinum. Jay-Z's "99 Problems" was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine's critics as the best single of the year. # 92 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

February 2005:  Jay-Z won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("99 Problems") and was nominated for Best Rap Album (The Black Album), and Best Rap Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("99 Problems"). Jay-Z won a Soul Train Music Award for R&B;/Soul or Rap Music Video ("99 Problems"). The single "Numb/Encore" was certified gold.

March 2005:  The single "Numb/Encore" was certified platinum.

May 2005:  Jay-Z could be heard on Memphis Bleek's 534 with "Dear Summer."

June 2005:  The single "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" was certified platinum.

July 2005:  On July 2nd, Jay-Z performed in Philadelphia as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts. The mission of the concerts was to raise awareness of the on-going poverty in Africa and to pressure the G8 leaders to take action by doubling aid, canceling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa. MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z / Linkin Park: Collision Course was certified platinum.

August 2005:  The Black Album was certified 3x platinum.

December 2005:  Jay-Z appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. Jay-Z could be heard on Mary J. Blige's LP The Breakthrough with "Can't Hide From Luv." Jay-Z could be heard on The Notorious B.I.G. posthumous creation - Duets: The Final Chapter.

February 2006:  Jay-Z won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Numb/Encore" with Linkin Park). Jay-Z also performed at the ceremony.

 

 

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