Jay Z began writing lyrics, free styling and followed the music of many artists at a young age. Before developing his own sound and style, young Jay Z was seen featuring on various songs by fellow artists like Big Daddy Kane, Mic Geronimo and Big L. Jay Z is also known for winning several rap battles against a variety of top underground rappers. He cites Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye as some of his biggest influences stating that, “I grew up around music, listening to all types of people... I'm into music that has soul in it, whether it be rap, R&B, pop music or whatever.” In a book called How to Rap, musician, Fredro Starr has praised Jay Z by saying “he is a master of the flow—he can flow fast, he can flow slow.” Jay Z’s rapping technique is usually compared with the styles of fellow artists like Guerilla Black, The Notorious B.I.G, Bobby Creekwater and Everlast.
By the early 90s, Jay Z self-released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt which eventually received Platinum and Silver status. The record was also inducted in Rolling Stone’s list of ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ something which not many rappers have been honored with right after their first album. Following its success, Jay Z came up with a list of musical successes that include names like, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, The Blueprint, Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter, Watch the Throne and Kingdom Come. Many of these albums have produced a variety of top charting numbers like “Big Pimpin’,” “Show Me What You Got,” “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” and “Niggas in Paris.” All the fans who were waiting for Jay Z to come up with a new compilation of fresh tracks, should get ready to enjoy songs from Jay Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The record is currently all over the media receiving multi-Platinum and Gold certification already. The album has also debuted at number one in UK, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden and the US. Some of the new numbers like “Tom Ford” and “Holy Grail” have been certified Gold also receiving extensive airplay on the radio. The new album has been nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Rap Album” as well.
As far as his awards are concerned, Jay Z is among the very few rappers to have won 17 Grammy Awards for various prominent categories. That is not just it. The artist has also been honored with multiple Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and the list goes on. Besides enjoying the success of his studio albums, Jay Z has also appeared in a number of films including State Property, Paper Soldiers, Fade to Black and Backstage. This world famous celebrity has in the past few years become one of the richest and the most successful rappers of the US. Regarding his live performing style, a fellow musician has praised Jay Z by saying, “he rarely breaks a sweat, and instead uses smoothness and clever wordplay to keep the audience interested and entertained.” All those who want to experience something like that, should get their hands on the best Jay Z tickets as soon as they can.