Active - 1997 - 2021  |   Born - Dec 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, United States  |   Genres - Music

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  • Raised in Brooklyn, he took his stage name from the J and Z subway lines that ran in his neighborhood.
  • Formed Roc-A-Fella Records with his manager, Damon Dash, and road manager and childhood friend Kareem "Biggs" Burke.
  • A film crew followed his 1999 tour with DMX, Beanie Sigel and others for the documentary Backstage.
  • He and Sean "Diddy" Combs donated $1 million to the Red Cross in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Supported Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
  • Cofounder of the clothing line Rocawear.
  • Released the memoir Decoded in November 2010.