Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office, by Zack O'Malley Greenburg (Penguin/Portfolio)

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JAY-Z BOOK: Empire State of Mind

Jay-Z Book: The Latest Reviews of Empire State of Mind

It’s been months since the release of Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office, and the reviews keep rolling in. Here’s what people are saying:

“In his debut book, Greenburg hits the mark. Empire State of Mind is an easy read that packs an informative, motivational punch for anyone who is trying to improve their situation, land a job, or advance their career.” - AOL/Huffington Post

“After reading Greenburg’s book, I have to admit I understand why [Jay-Z] makes a superb guide for your career, even if you are looking to be an investment banker or grocery store manager instead of a hip hop legend.”CNN.com

“Business savvy is really what sets Jay-Z apart, and that’s the subject of Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s enlightening, engaging, and excellent new book … Greenburg zeroes in on Jay-Z’s ability to hustle in the studio and in the boardroom, creating a fascinating look at the businessman behind the man. In addition, he writes with a rapid-fire prose that makes Empire State of Mind flow like an novel or film.” - ArtistDirect

“Every person with an iota of entrepreneurial inclination should read Empire State of Mind … [Greenburg's] understanding of hip-hop and his familiarity with the world of high finance make him uniquely suited to pen such a smart, informative and entertaining work. Excellence!” – Hip-Hop Weekly

Empire State of Mind … fill(s) in many of the blanks surrounding the rapper’s business dealings, pulling from interviews with some of Hov’s colleagues and business partners willing to dish the dirt on how he rose to fame and fortune.” – The Boombox

“O’Malley Greenburg is easily the world’s foremost authority on the subject of the finance of hip-hop … Acting often as investigative reporter, he travels thousands of miles to hunt down insider information on Jay’s various ventures, from the Jay-Z Jeep that never came to be, to the hush-hush details of the rapper’s partnership with champagne Armand de Brignac … Greenburg does a great job of unpacking the rapper’s business mentality, and the steps he’s taken to earn his half-billion.” – Crawdaddy

Praise for specific chapters:

“Before Diddy and his missing Mercedes-Benz S-Class, before Eminem and his imported-from-Detroit Chrysler 200, even before Funkmaster Flex and his special-edition Ford Expedition, there was the Jay-Z Jeep Commander. You would be forgiven, however, for not remembering the commercials … the Jay-Z Jeep never rolled deep. Mr. Greenburg dissects how the collaboration went awry.” – New York Times

“To learn more about how Jay-Z changed many people’s taste in Champagne and so many other things, be sure to check out Empire State of Mind … Until now, all those interested begrudgingly had to buy into the story spun by Jay-Z’s camp that Armand de Brignac was just a bubbly that HOVA discovered in a New York wine shop.” – Bottlenotes

In summer of 2003, Jay-Z assembled a team with LeBron James at Rucker Park … ” – book excerpt in Sports Illustrated


Zack O’Malley Greenburg talks about Empire State of Mind — and why Jay-Z refused to cooperate — on Good Day New York (Video)

Zack chats about his book with Gregg Greenberg (no relation!) on TheStreet.com (Audio) | (Video)

Zack talks about the rise of Jay-Z on Bloomberg Game Changers (Video)

Zack chats about Jay-Z’s half-billion dollar fortune with The Daily Ticker’s Dan Gross on Yahoo! Finance (Video)

Zack discusses Jay-Z’s business, man, on Canada’s Urban Rush (Video)

Zack talks Jay-Z with Fanny Kiefer live from Vancouver on Studio4 (Video)

Zack discusses Jay-Z’s humble origins and rise to fame with Michael Noer on Forbes.com (Video)

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