Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969) aka Jay-Z is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. He is easily regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in pop culture for over two decades.
He serves as the CEO of Def Jam Records, founder of Rocawear (1999), founder of club/sportsbar 40/40 (2003), founder of RocNation (2008), acquired the tech company Aspiro, and took charge of their media streaming service Tidal, which has since become the world's third-largest online streaming company, owner of Armand de Brignac Champagne, winner of 22 Grammys with over 100 million records sold worldwide and holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, with 13. He has been ranked by Billboard and fellow music publication Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest artists of all time. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be honored into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2018, received the commemorative "Salute to Industry Icons" award at the 60th Grammy Awards.