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Jay Z: From A Hard Knock Life to Rap Mogul

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    Jay-Z's next solo album was 2002's The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse, a double-album. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one, selling over 3 million units in the U.S. alone (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    Jay Z at the 16th Annual Soul Train Awards at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Ca. back in 2002. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    (2004) Hip-hop entrepreneur and Nets investor Jay-Z speaks at a press conference. Jay Z announced in April 2013 that he is no longer part owner of the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    Jay Z posed with Sean 'P.Diddy' Combs for a photograph after at the 2005 NBA All Star Game back in 2005. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    (2006) Rap singer Jay Z poses with his Grammy Award in 2006! Jay-Z and Linkin Park won the Best Rap Song Collaboration category for the song 'Numb/Encore'. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    Jay Z knows how to put on a show. The rapper performs onstage during his Blueprint 3 Tour in 2009. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    (2011) Jay Z and Kanye West performed onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    Beyonce, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West and television personality Kim Kardashian all sat together at the 2012 BET Awards. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    JAY Z attends JAY Z and Samsung Mobile's celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail, the rappers 12th album, available now! (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    Beyonce and Jay Z began dating in 2002 and did several collaboration shortly after. The couple chilled at the New York Knicks v Orlando Magic game at Madison Square Garden Dec. 2002. Check out Jay Z's flip phone...(Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    Jay Z and Beyonce got married in 2008 at a private ceremony. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    (1998) Jay-Z released Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter, the album proved to be successful and sold over 3 million records.[31] Vol. 3's most successful single was "Big Pimpin'",
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    Hip hop mogul Jay-Z arrives at the opening of his USD 20 million 40/40 Club, a 24,000-square-foot sports bar and lounge at The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino early December 31, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo Credit Getty Images)
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    Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt and has a notable appearance by The Notorious B.I.G.
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    In 1998, Jay-Z released Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life which spawned the biggest hit of his career at the time