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The Hits Collection, Vol. One

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Editors’ Notes

From his humble beginnings, Jay-Z has built an empire that rivals that of nearly any other hip-hop artist before or since. Besides his own record label and married bliss with Beyoncé, he is involved in a vast array of profitable business ventures, including professional sports, fashion, real estate, and nightclubs. Musically, he has sold over 50 million albums, holds the record for most number one solo records on Billboard, and has won 10 GRAMMY®s. With so many smash singles under his belt, it's hard to believe it's taken so long for an official hits collection, but here it is. This 15-track compilation includes most of his huge commercial anthems, such as his big breakthrough, the Annie-sampling "Hard Knock Life" and guaranteed party starter "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," as well as the Neptunes-produced "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and Rick Rubin throwback banger "99 Problems." Unfortunately, there's nothing here from his debut (and arguably best) album Reasonable Doubt, but hopefully that will be remedied on a forthcoming Vol. Two.

Customer Reviews

New York!

Ok, I have to admit, "Empire State of Mind" is a really catchy song.

Amazing beat, and such range in Alicia's voice. (Like if you agree)

Let's Hear it For Jay-Z!

I absolutely love Empire State of Mind, I wish everyone on earth did too. Worth getting.

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, Awesome,

The song Empire State of mind is truly, truly awesome !! :)

Biography

Born: December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever...
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