The Evolution of Jay Z

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Born Shawn Corey Carter on Dec. 4, 1969, Jay was raised in the Marcy housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He had a rough childhood by any measure: He was abandoned by his father, shot his brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry in 1982, and was heavily involved in drug dealing.

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