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HBD Jay Z! A Photo Timeline of the Life and Times of Shawn Carter

Today, December 4, Bed-Stuy native Shawn Carter, bka Jay Z, turns 45.
Happy Birthday Jay Z

Today, December 4, Bed-Stuy native Shawn Carter, bka Jay Z, turns 45.

He may have started out in the late 80s as a budding underground rapper out of Bed-Stuy's Marcy Projects to become one of the greatest rappers of all time, but his days as where he is known simply as a recording artist are long gone.

Today Jay Z is a multi-millionaire investor. He's the creator and owner of his own string of businesses, and he continues to build his wealth by reinvesting his profits across a wide swath of industries.

Check out The Brooklyn Reader's photographic retrospective of the life and times of Shawn Carter.

"I'm not a Business Man. I'm a Business, Man."—Jay Z


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