Why Famous: Jay-Z is one of most successful rappers ever. He is also one of the most critically acclaimed, his most well known albums include "Reasonable Doubt" (1996), "The Blueprint" (2001) and "The Black Album" (2003). Jay-Z announced his retirement from rapping in 2003, only to return in 2006.
Jay-Z moved into music management roles, becoming President of the Def Jam label, signing Rihanna and fostering Kayne West's career. Jay-Z has continued to expand his business interests, starting Roc Nation, an entertainment company, a clothing line and a sports bar chain.
In 2008 Jay-Z married singer Beyoncé Knowles, the couple have collaborated together on a number of projects.
- 2008-04-04 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York
- 1996-06-25 Jay-Z releases his debut studio album "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" with Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records
- 1999-12-01 Rapper Jay-Z stabs record executive Lance "Un" Rivera at a night club in New York
- 2001-02-28 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win
- 2001-05-15 "Fiesta" single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)
- 2001-09-11 Jay-Z releases his album "Blueprint" featuring contributions by Eminem and Kanye West
- 2006-11-21 "Kingdom Come" 9th studio album by Jay-Z is released
- 2007-03-29 Rihanna releases her hit single "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z - stays 7 weeks at No.1 on US Billboard Hot 100
- 2007-09-09 24th MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna f/ Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Fergie win
- 2017-02-22 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
- 2018-06-16 Beyoncé and Jay-Z release their joint album "Everything is Love"