Jay-Z (Hip-Hop Stars) by Dennis Abrams

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35 36 jay-z Jaz-­O proved to be a valuable mentor to ­ Jay-­Z, teaching him the ins and outs of the recording industry. And when Jaz received a recording contract with EMI, he took ­ Jay-­Z along with him to contribute to a song he made called “Hawaiian Sophie,” which became a minor ­hit. But still, ­Jay-­Z kept hustling, refusing to give it up until he had a record deal of his own. Deep in his heart, he knew that rap offered him the best opportunity to get out of the drug business: “Rap was my way out, the only talent I had, and my shot of making something of myself.

I didn’t want to sell drugs. ” Searching for that better life, he appeared on a few records, including “Can I Get Open” with members from Original Flavor, a now forgotten trio of rappers from New York. He began to attract a small following with the release of the song “Show and Prove,” which featured Big Daddy Kane and several other rappers. Although none of these releases exactly hit it big, the work enabled him to meet and make contacts with other people in the recording industry. But until he was able to get the recording deal he wanted, he wasn’t about to give up the money that dealing drugs provided.

As of 2007, Diddy is thought to be the richest hip-hop entertainer, with a net worth of more than $346 million. While criticized by some as trying to be too many things to too many people and for watering down and overly commercializing hip-hop for a mainstream market, Diddy remains fearless; he is always ready to take a chance and try something new. 55 56 jay-z single from Jay’s second album. The movie, which was released straight to video, was shot entirely at Marcy Projects and starred many of the members of the ­Team-­ROC artistic roster, including DJ Clue, the R & B group Christion, and Memphis Bleek.

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