Apart from his award-winning hip-hop tracks, Jay Z is known for an array of successful business interests, as well as his marriage to singer Beyoncé. As he grew up in a drug-infested Marcy Projects, he used rap as an escape, appearing for the first time on ‘Yo! MTV Raps’. After selling millions of records with his Roc-a-Fella label, Jay Z created his own clothing line and founded an entertainment company. He remained relatively anonymous until he and two friends, Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, founded their own record label. He turned his attention to the business side of music, becoming president of Def Jam Recordings. A part-owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, he helped spur the relocation of the franchise to a brand-new home in downtown Brooklyn, the Barclays Center. EliteColumn brings you the best hand-picked quotes from this multi-talented personality.

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