Jay-Z

One of the most respected and influential musical artists of any genre, Jay-Z set the gold standard in rap music with his thought-provoking lyrics, powerful freestyle delivery, and entrepreneurial swagger. The rapper's ... Read more »
Born: 12/03/1969 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

2013 MTV EMA 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Dateline NBC 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Cameras Allowed 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Chris Rock Show 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rihanna 777 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The Women's Concert for Change: Live From London 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Made In America 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Beyonce's I Am... World Tour 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyonce's I Am...World Tour 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007 - 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vibe Awards Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2007 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '06 Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ultimate Mash-Ups 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Fade to Black 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual TRL Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Jay-Z in Concert 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Beef 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Blueprint: Jay-Z 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Diary 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Making the Video 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

State Property 2002 (Movie)

Untouchable J (Actor)

Staying Alive, Music to Live For 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Testimony 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Radio Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

DFX Presents: Jay-Z's Roller Ball 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Direct Effect 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Radio Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstage 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

MTV 2 Large New Year's Eve Party 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mariah Carey's Homecoming Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons' Oneworld Music Beat 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Billboard Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hard Knock Life Tour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhyme & Reason 1997 (Movie)

Participating Artist (Actor)

2014 BET Awards (TV Show)

Performer

2014 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Show)

Presenter
Music (47)

Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 (Movie)

("Crazy In Love (2014 Remix)") (Song)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("Crazy In Love") (Song)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

("Drunk In Love") (Song)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

("Niggas In Paris") (Song Performer)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

("Niggas In Paris") (Song)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song Performer)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song Performer)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

NYC 22 2012 (Tv Show)

Song

Project X 2012 (Movie)

("H.A.M.") (Song Performer)

Project X 2012 (Movie)

("H.A.M.") (Song)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song Performer)

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

Just Go With It 2011 (Movie)

("Umbrella") (Song)

The Hangover Part II 2011 (Movie)

("Monster") (Song)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song Performer)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

Step Up 3-D 2010 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song Performer)

Step Up 3-D 2010 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

("Big Mama Thang") (Song)

The Taking of Pelham 123 2009 (Movie)

("99 Problems") (Song Performer)

Good Luck Chuck 2007 (Movie)

("Crazy In Love") (Song)

ATL 2006 (Movie)

("I Ain't Heard of That") (Song)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

("Numb/Encore") (Song Performer)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

("Numb/Encore") (Song)

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

("Big Pimpin") (Song Performer)

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

("Big Pimpin") (Song)

Spike TV Presents GQ Men of the Year Awards 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

White Chicks 2004 (Movie)

("Crazy In Love") (Song)

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

("Guns & Roses") (Song)

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

("Guns & Roses") (Song Performer)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

("'03 Bonnie & Clyde") (Song)

Honey 2003 (Movie)

("My Block") (Song)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

("Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem - Dr. Evil Mix)") (Song Performer)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

("Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem - Dr. Evil Mix)") (Song)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

("Can I Get a...") (Song)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

("Girl's Best Friend") (Song Performer)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

("Girl's Best Friend") (Song)

Belly 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Belly 1998 (Movie)

("Pregame") (Song Performer)

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

("Keep It Real") (Song Performer)

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

("Keep It Real") (Song)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

("Can I Get A...") (Song)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

("Can I Get A...") (Song Performer)
Producer (10)

The Offseason: Kevin Durant 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Annie 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Styled to Rock 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Made In America 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fade to Black 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jay-Z in Concert 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Paid in Full 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Photography

Biography

One of the most respected and influential musical artists of any genre, Jay-Z set the gold standard in rap music with his thought-provoking lyrics, powerful freestyle delivery, and entrepreneurial swagger. The rapper's 1996 debut album, Reasonable Doubt was considered an undisputed classic by music fans and critics. Throughout his career, Jay-Z released more No. 1 albums than Elvis Presley, discovered hit-making artists and producers, and built a one-man empire that included successful ventures in business, fashion and sports. If that were not enough, he also married pop princess Beyoncé Knowles. After a two-year retirement from making music, Jay-Z returned with even more ambitious albums and collaborations that earned him a reputation as rap's elder statesman. In 2009, Jay-Z released Empire State of Mind, a chart-topping song that celebrated his home state of New York, while also crowning the prolific and omnipresent rapper as his generation's hip-hop Frank Sinatra.

Relationships

Blue Carter

Daughter
Born Jan. 7, 2012; mother, Beyonce Knowles

Rosario Dawson Actor

Companion
Dated from 2000-02 No longer together

Beyoncé Knowles Actor

Wife
Romantically linked as of September 2002 Married in a private ceremony at his apartment in NYC's Tribeca neighborhood on April 4, 2008

Tina Knowles Actor

Mother-In-Law

Milestones

2011

Reteamed with Kanye West for their album Watch The Throne

2010

Released his first book Decoded, a narrative of the rapper’s most famous lyrics

2010

Featured on the cover of Forbes magazine's "Forbes 400 Summit" issue next to billionaire Warren Buffett

2009

Surpassed Elvis Presley’s record when he released The Blueprint 3 – his 11th album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart

2008

Became the first hip-hop artist to headline the Glastonbury Festival in England

2006

Released comeback album Kingdom Come after a headlining performance at the Power 105.1’s annual Powerhouse concert that marked his coming out of retirement

2003

Announced his retirement following the release of The Black Album; assumed the role of president at Def Jam Records

2002

Feature acting debut, "State Property"

2002

Recorded the duet "03 Bonnie & Clyde" with R&B and pop singer Beyoncé Knowles

2001

Reteamed with West to produce landmark album The Blueprint; released on Sept. 11, 2001, but still went on to sell more than three million copies

2000

Made his debut musical appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

1999

Collaborated with then-undiscovered yet talented producers the Neptunes and Kanye West on his album Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter

1998

Crossed over to more mainstream radio with Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life ; won Best Rap Album at the 1999 Grammy Awards, making it Jay-Z's first Grammy

1997

Had more success with his sophomore album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1.; worked with producers Puff Daddy and Teddy Riley

1996

Released his debut album Reasonable Doubt

1995

Co-founded the independent label Roc-A-Fella Records with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs

1994

Released his first official single and music video "I Can’t Get Wit That"

Competed in local rap battles in the early 1990s

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