Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Born and raised in the rough Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, NY, Jay-Z underwent some tough times after his father left his mother before the young rapper was even a teen. Known as "Jazzy" in his neighborhood, he soon shortened his nickname to Jay-Z and did all he could to break into the rap game. As he vividly discusses in his lyrics, Jay-Z also became a street hustler around this time, doing what needed to be done to make money. For a while, he ran around with Jaz-O, aka Big Jaz, a small-time New York rapper with a record deal but few sales. From Jaz he learned how to navigate through the rap industry and what moves to make. He also participated in the group Original Flavor for a short time.

Jay-Z subsequently decided to make an untraditional decision and start his own label rather than sign with an established label like Jaz had done. Together with friends Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, he created Roc-a-Fella Records, a risky strategy for cutting out the middleman and making money for himself. Once he found a reputable distributor, Priority Records (and then later Def Jam), Jay-Z finally had everything in place, including a debut album, Reasonable Doubt (1996). He eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television.

Title Album Genre Tools
What They Gonna Do Pt II The Blueprint - The Gift and The Curse Hip-Hop/Rap
Client:
Artist:
Jay-Z
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Dark, Funky/Groove, Ominous, Party, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Game Day, Make-Out, Night Club, Strip Tease, and Victory
Genres:
Hip-Hop/Rap
Subgenres:
East Coast
Featured Instruments:
Keyboard and Percussion
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
The Blueprint - The Gift and The Curse, #14
Release Date:
2002
Track ID:
23763
main mix 160k MP3
Young Forever (feat. Mr. Hudson) Hip-Hop/Rap
Client:
Artist:
Jay-Z
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, and Night Club
Genres:
Hip-Hop/Rap
Subgenres:
Party / Club
Featured Instruments:
Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, and Synth
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
Male
Release Date:
2010
Track ID:
38053
Main Mix 1:00 160k MP3
Karaoke Instrumental with Backing Vocals 4:13 160k MP3
Karaoke Instrumental without Backing Vocals 4:13 160k MP3
Brooklyn Go Hard (feat. Santigold) Notorious (Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture) Hip-Hop/Rap
Client:
Artist:
Jay-Z
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Party, and Percussive/Drums
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Night Club, Sunny Day, and Victory
Genres:
Hip-Hop/Rap
Subgenres:
East Coast
Featured Instruments:
Flute, Keyboard, Percussion, and Wind Instruments
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female and Male
CD/Track #:
Notorious (Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture), #8
Release Date:
2008
Track ID:
23850
main mix 160k MP3
Take Me Back