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

“One of the year’s best rock books.” –Bloomberg
“Zack O’Malley Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream…

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