Shawn Carter - or, as you may know him better, Jay-Z - is an American rapper and record producer, and one half of duo Watch the Throne alongside Kanye West. After starting off rapping with friends, battling, and selling CDs out of his car, he burst onto the scene in 1996 with debut album 'Reasonable Doubt', hitting #23 in the Billboard 200.
That record paved the way for his hugely successful career. Since then, he's gone on to become one of - if not THE - most successful man in rap music, selling over 50million albums and record worldwide and achieving an incredible feat in having each of his 14 albums (11 solo, 3 collaborative) certified as platinum.
It was the speed at which Jay-Z found himself at the top of the game which has cemented his place as one of the best (or, as he may say, 'the greatest!) - he was a living legend a short way into his career, and fans and rap critics alike still say the same thing to this day. And years of performing under his belt too, he's learned how to control the masses he's assembled like no other.
2013 saw his 12th record - the aptly-titled 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' - hitting shelves, and saw him continuing his tradition of reaching platinum once again. This time, he managed the incredible feat of it turning platinum BEFORE its release, solely through pre-orders.
He returned with a brand new album, '4:44', in June 2017, and is set to head out on a tour in support of it. Check the dates below and find and compare ticket prices through Stereoboard!
Shawn Carter - or, as you may know him better, Jay-Z - is an American rapper and record producer. A rap superstar he's one of - if not THE - most successful men in rap music, selling over fifty million albums and records worldwide and achieving an incredible feat in having each of his fourteen albums (eleven solo, three collaborative) certified as platinum.
Beyonce Knowles, on the other hand, is an American pop singer hailing from Houston, Texas. Starting her career as a member of R’n’B girl-group Destiny’s Child, Beyonce Knowles has proved herself to be just as successful as a solo star as she was in a group. Altogether, she's shifted a hearty seventy five million units of her own.
Together, they are known as one of the world’s power couples, like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, creating a globally renowned brand out of their marriage, which has been one of the most followed relationships in the world.
Working together as husband and wife and as a family unit, they’re now taking their partnership to the next level as they head out on tour together, which will see them performing on the same stage at the same time. Power couple is definitely the right phrase!
The tour - dubbed the 'On the Run Tour' - is expected to be one of the biggest events of 2014/2015 and is kicking off in North America in the summer. The show hits Europe in September with two exclusive shows confirmed for Paris' Stade De France.
Jay-Z represents an era of rap that has all but run its course. More so than anybody else, the self-made superstar and business mogul has embodied hip-hop’s most wealth-obsessed era. He rang in the millennium by splashing millions on the music video for his single Big Pimpin’ and began the next decade by rhetorically asking “what’s 50 grand to a motherfucker like me?” on the single Niggas in Paris.