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

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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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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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