On October 27, 2005, Jay-Z headlined New York's Power 105.1 annual concert, Powerhouse.The concert was entitled the "I Declare War" concert leading to intense speculation in the weeks preceding the event on whom exactly Jay-Z would declare war.
Jay-Z worked with video director Hype Williams, and the single's video was directed by F. The album features production from Just Blaze, Pharrell, Kanye West, Dr.
Dre and Coldplay's Chris Martin (single entitled "Beach Chair").
An unreleased music video was also produced for the B-side "I Can't Get with That." and, with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs, created Roc-A-Fella Records as an independent label in 1995. The album reached number 23 on the Billboard 200, and was generally favored by critics. He relied more on flow and wordplay, and he continued with his penchant for mining beats from the popular producers of the day such as Swizz Beatz, an upstart in-house producer for Ruff Ryders, and Timbaland. The album proved successful and sold over 3 million copies. 3's most successful single was "Big Pimpin'", featuring UGK.
After striking a distribution deal with Priority, Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt with beats from acclaimed producers such as DJ Premier and Super DJ Clark Kent and an appearance by The Notorious B. After reaching a new distribution deal with Def Jam in 1997, Jay-Z released his follow-up In My Lifetime, Vol. Produced by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, it sold better than his previous effort. The album was a personal revelation for Jay-Z as he told the stories of his difficult upbringing. Other producers included DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, The 45 King, and Kid Capri. In 2000, Jay-Z released The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which was originally intended to become a compilation album for Roc-A-Fella artists but somehow turned into a Jay-Z album. In 2001, Jay-Z spoke out against Prodigy after he took an issue with a Jay-Z line from "Money, Cash, Hoes" that he felt alluded disparagingly to Mobb Deep and his dispute with Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Death Row Records.
Written in just two days, It was lauded for its production and its balance of "mainstream" and "hardcore" rap. A.)", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Jigga That Nigga", and "Song Cry".
Eminem was the only guest rapper on the album, producing and rapping on the song "Renegade". As of February 2012, the album had sold 2,700,000 copies worldwide, even though its initial success had been overshadowed by the tragic events of 9/11.
abandoned the family, Shawn and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter.
Reeves would later meet and reconcile with Jay-Z before dying in 2003.
He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one ("Empire State of Mind") as lead artist.
In 2009, he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent.
Many artists made appearances such as the old roster of Roc-A-Fella records artists, as well as Ne-Yo, Teairra Marí, T.