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Jay Z: The King of America [Hardcover]

Mark Beaumont
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Book Description

10 Sep 2012
Mark Beaumont s book unravels Jay Z's many achievements right up to the present day as well as some of the shadier aspects of his early life in this new biography. Author Mark Beaumont met and interviewed Jay Z in 2009 and many quotes from that interview feature in this biography. Includes interviews with Kanye West, Chris Martin, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Damon Dash, Dr Dre, Rick Rubin and many others. Details his early life, his Father abandoning him, his accidental shooting of his brother and his delving into cocaine dealing. The launch of his Roc-A-Fella record label and his subsequent album releases including the platinum selling In My Life and Hard Knock Life. His alleged involvement in the stabbing of record executive Lance Riviera, the trial and his three year probation sentence. How he became the CEO of Def Jam Recordings (one of his first signings was Rihanna) His relationship and marriage to Beyoncé Knowles. His entrepreneurial skills from launching his own Rocawear clothing and accessories line, his New York club 40/40 and his rumoured investments in real estate and football clubs. Brings the story right up to date to include his performance at Glastonbury in 2008, the Haiti aid single Stranded, his concerts with Eminem, his Watch The Throne EP release with Kanye West and his supporting U2 on their World Tour.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (10 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780383177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780383170
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Beaumont is a leading award-winning music journalist and has interviewed Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Blur, Muse, Keith Richards - and Jay-Z for publications such as NME, The Guardian, Uncut and Classic Rock . He is the author of the bestseller Out Of This World: The Story Of Muse - published by Omnibus Press. He lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 23 Oct 2013
By lanco
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from day one to the present its all in there. Its a bit un clear in parts though as the writer has done research to write it rather than sat down with Jay Z and wrote it from the horses mouth so to speak
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 17 July 2013
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition
An awesome read, I recommend it! For any fans, non fans, and the people who believe in escape and success!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 10 Nov 2012
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I am a massive goof the Jigga man and this book didn't disappoint.

Touches on every aspect of HOVe. The music, money and boats and ho's

Buy it and enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read everything I can get my hands on re Jay-Z 19 Dec 2012
By Peggy S. Brydie - Published on Amazon.com
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I admire the man he has become...and the influence he has on our culture.
Just shows what focus and determination can accomplish.
5.0 out of 5 stars jay 22 Jan 2013
By caitlin courtney - Published on Amazon.com
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Great behind the scenes stories and background. Jay-Z is my fav and I loved reading about his life from beginning to end.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 4 Dec 2012
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This biography is extremely insightful and very informative on one of the greatest artists in the world. A must-read for any Jay-Z or hip-hop fan!
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