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’s Review Of ‘Empire State Of Mind’

Had I walked out of the Porta-Potty ten seconds earlier, I might have inadvertently hit Jay-Z in the face with the door. But let me back up a bit. Standing in line for the restrooms at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival last weekend, I noticed a two-level structure about 100 feet away, decked out with plush red chairs, clear views of the main stage and what appeared to be an open bar. Intrigued, I asked the yellow-shirted security guard nearby if journalists …

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Why I Wrote An Unauthorized Biography Of Jay-Z: Part 2

I almost deleted my first book long before I ever wrote it. Allow me to explain. Three years ago I found myself at home on a steamy summer day, contending with a head cold as I sifted through a virtual mountain of unread email. As my finger descended upon the delete key to banish yet another message, I re-read the subject line, “Book Project Opportunity.” The email turned out to be from an editor at Penguin, asking if I’d be …

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Blue Ivy Carter: Not The First Of Jay-Z’s Trademark Blues

Less than three weeks after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter last January, Jay-Z and Beyoncé did something that might only occur to two world-famous, business-savvy music stars: they filed an application to trademark the name of their first child. Their application lists a Delaware-based limited liability company called BGK Trademark Holdings—a likely nod to Beyonce’s initials—as the owner. The filing contains an exhaustive catalog of potential uses for the Blue Ivy name, including but not limited to fragrances, hair spray, baby …

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Jay-Z Empire State Of Mind Paperback To Hit Stores June 26th

The paperback edition of Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office will hit stores on June 26th. Updated with the latest additions to Jay-Z’s empire, the business-focused biography of hip-hop’s biggest star by Forbes staffer Zack O’Malley Greenburg will feature a bevy of previously-unreleased material, including: * a brand-new foreword by Steve Forbes, drawing on his interviews with Jay-Z and Warren Buffett * an investigative chapter revealing Jay-Z’s financial relationship with a notable Swiss watchmaker * full …

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Defending Georgetown’s Jay-Z Class

Last month, I journeyed to our nation’s capital to see with my own eyes a popular Georgetown University class. It wasn’t another grand strategy offering, nor did it explore the latest advances in quantum physics. But “Sociology of Hip-Hop — Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z” was impressive nonetheless. The course’s instructor, Professor Michael Eric Dyson, had invited me to give a guest lecture (my book,Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office,is required reading). His 140 …

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Learning From Jay-Z’s Successes — And Failures

Six years ago, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter found himself on the verge of finalizing one of the biggest deals of his life. The prize: A Jay-Z branded Jeep Commander that would roll off the lot boasting an audio system preloaded with all of Jay-Z’s songs, an interior swathed in butter-cream leather and an exterior slathered in a coat of patented Jay-Z Blue paint. For his efforts, the rapper would receive a 5-10% royalty on each $50,000 vehicle sold. The Jay-Z Jeep …

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Jay-Z Tops FORBES’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

This week Jay-Z and Kanye West unveiled their long-awaited collaboration,Watch the Throne. The album’s timing and title couldn’t have been more appropriate—the Empire State of Mind rapper is hip-hop’s top earner with $37 million in the past 12 months, claiming his fourth Cash Kings crown in five years; his partner-in-rhyme ranked third. Fueled by the tail end of his Blueprint 3 Tour and a vast portfolio of business interests, Jay-Z barely edged second-ranked Diddy—who raked in $35 million, roughly half of …

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Do Retailers Have A Double Standard For Jay-Z and Kanye?

Most kings get their heads cut off — or at least, so goes the chorus of Jay-Z and Chris Martin’s duet “Most Kings.” For the Empire State of Mind rapper, though, the sentiment appears to be figuratively true of late. Last week, a group of independent record store owners released an open letter to Jay-Z and Kanye West in protest of the duo’s plans for collaborative album Watch the Throne, due out in August. At issue: a four-day window granted to Apple’s iTunes …

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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 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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