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: 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 …

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Jay-Z Earns More Than Beyoncé For First Time Since 2008

For the first time since tying the knot in 2008, Jay-Z earned more than Beyoncé. The Brooklyn-born rapper raked in $37 million over the past 12 months, edging his superstar wife by $2 million, according to FORBES’ latest estimates for the annual Celeb 100 package. Jay-Z continues to reap the rewards of his 10-year, $150 million multiple rights deal with concert promoter Live Nation; he brings in additional cash from endorsements and ownership stakes in a range of companies including ad …

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Jay-Z Book Excerpt In Sports Illustrated

Over lunch on a damp autumn day in Harlem, hip-hop pioneer Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite seems mired in an internal debate. He’s deciding whether to tell me something about Jay-Z. We’ve spent the past twenty minutes cheerfully swapping generalities, but when I ask for specifics, the pauses grow longer, his brow becomes furrowed. “Can you tell me some kind of anecdote that shows how Jay-Z thinks?” I press. “Any moment that stands out in your mind?” “Let me think,” he …

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Zack Talks About the Jay-Z Book on Good Day New York

Empire State of Mind is in stores now! To celebrate the book’s opening week, Zack is making the rounds on TV and radio. First up: Good Day New York. Full video of the interview below. Jay-Z Biography: MyFoxNY.com Order the Book online: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Borders | IndieBound

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What Jay-Z’s Book Doesn’t Decode

Originally published on Forbes.com on November 16, 2010. By Zack O’Malley Greenburg – Jay-Z’s Decoded is a 300-page tome that’s filled with lush photographs, autobiographical musings and lyrical analysis, roughly in equal measure. But despite its title, the book leaves much un-decoded. Among the important topics largely left out of the book: the details of Jay-Z’s rise as a businessman. Jay-Z has amassed a fortune of $450 million by Forbes’ last count; last year alone he pulled in $63 million. …

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Jay-Z Speaks Financial Truth in H.A.M. With Kanye West

Originally published on Forbes.com on January 11, 2011. By Zack O’Malley Greenburg – In a shocking turn of events, Jay-Z has used the microphone to proclaim his financial superiority over the rest of his hip-hop peers. The assertion comes in a new song with Kanye West entitled “H.A.M.,” which stands for “Hard As a (Mofo)” and is the first single from the duo’s upcoming collaboration album, Watch the Throne. On the track, released on Kanye’s Facebook page early Tuesday morning, …

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Author Zack O’Malley Greenburg Talks Jay-Z in Bloomberg TV Segment

Bloomberg television interviewed Zack extensively for a segment about Jay-Z (see below for video excerpts). In addition to writing hundreds of stories for print and web outlets including Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post, Zack has appeared frequently on television and radio — both as an interviewer and as an interviewee. He has served as an expert source on the music industry for news organizations from BBC to NPR and has conducted his own video interviews of numerous …

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Carmelo Anthony’s Impact on Jay-Z’s Net Worth

Originally published on Forbes.com on Feb 23, 2011. By Zack O’Malley Greenburg – When Carmelo Anthony suits up for his first game as a Knick tonight, there will be a thick soup of euphoria in the air. There will be cheers, laughter and maybe even a few tears of joy. Because for the first time in a decade, New York basketball fans have a championship-caliber team to root for, helmed by two name-brand superstars. But for Brooklyn native and Nets …

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