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Did you know that by the year 2014, this super-talented male artist had sold over 75 Million records and won 19 Grammy Awards? Find out what his first song was called, what his best-selling album to date is and interesting facts about his personal life including who he is married to and how many children he has!

Fun Fact 1 Jay Z was born was born on the December 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. His star sign is Sagittarius.

Fun Fact 2 Jay Z married the worldwide pop sensation Beyoncé Knowles in 2008, they have one daughter together, her name is Blue Ivy Carter and she was born on January 7th, 2012.

Fun Fact 3: The name Jay Z derived from the nickname Jazzy. Jazzy came from the subway station J/Z which was close to where he lived. This famous rapper's birth name was actually Shawn Corey Carter.

Fun Fact 4: Jay Z attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn, New York. One of his classmates who he attended school with is the Notorious B.I.G who is also an American rapper.

Fun Fact 5: Jay Z was 11 years old when his father left him and his three older siblings. He was raised by his mother Gloria Carter.

Fun Fact 6: Jay Z is a famous American rapper, record producer entrepreneur. He is one of the most successful hip hop artists of all time.

Fun Fact 7: Jay Z fell into difficult times at an early age when he became involved in drug dealing and gun violence, he grew up in a public housing complex operated by the New York City Housing Authority.

Fun Fact 8: The first song which Jay Z featured in was called The Originators. It was recorded alongside his friend Jaz O.

Fun Fact 9: By 2014, Jay Z had sold over 75 Million records and won 19 Grammy Awards, he has achieved so much success that he has become one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

Fun Fact 10: Jay Z's first album was called 'Reasonable Doubt' which included songs such as Dead Presidents, Can't Knock the Hustle and Feelin' It.

Fun Fact 11: Jay Z became president of Def Jam Recordings, he signed Kanye West, Rihanna and Ne-yo, he resigned from this position in 2007.

Fun Fact 12: Jay Z's mother, Gloria Carter, is the chief executive of The Shawn Carter Foundation which enhances the future of young people.

Fun Fact 13: Jay Z and his American singer, songwriter and actress wife Beyoncé were named by TIME magazine as the most powerful couple. Both being extremely talented musicians and entrepreneurs.

Fun Fact 14: Jay Z released his 12th studio album in 2013. It was called Magna Carter Holy Grail and it went straight to number 1 in the Billboard charts selling 528,000 copies in the first week alone!

Fun Fact 15: Jay Z also has an urban clothing line called Rocawear, he owes clubs and sports bars in New York and Atlantic City.

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