Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z are going on the On the Run II Tour in summer and autumn 2018. Read more about the tour in our blog. The stadium tour kicks off in the UK on June 6.
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Jay-Z was born on December 4, 1969 in New York as Shawn Corey Carter. He is a rapper, music producer and entrepreneur. Sincce 2008 he is married to the singer Beyoncé.
After initial difficulties to get his music career started, Jay-Z founded the record company Roc-a-Fella Records, on which he released his debut album "Reasonable Doubt". The album did not show commercial success, though it was well received in the hip-hop scene. Jay-Z's second album "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1", however, immediately landed in the third place of the US charts and thus laid the foundation for his success. His next two albums "Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life "and" Vol. 3 ... Life And Times Of S. Carter "shifted the focus from hip-hop to a more pop-themed mainstream style, which met with little approval among the hip-hop scene, but was well received by the general public. With his 2001 release "The Blueprint" Jay-Z's commercial success continued.
In 2003, Jay-Z went on tour with well-known rappers like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul, releasing "The Black Album" the same year, which was awarded by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 best albums of all time.
The single "Run This Town", which was created in collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna, was awarded two Grammies in 2010. "Empire State Of Mind" is one of his most successful songs and spent five weeks on the top of the US charts. His "Watch The Throne" album, co-recorded with Kanye West in 2011, reached number one in the charts in the US and Switzerland, number two in Germany and set a new record with 290,000 downloads on iTunes in the first week. His most successful album yet is the 2013 released and previously spectacularly praised album "Magna Carta Holy Grail", which was awarded with platinum on the day of publication. Later, this album also reached number one in the US charts.
In 2014, Jay-Z was on the On The Run tour with Beyoncé and since 2018 they are on the On The Run II tour in Europe and the US.