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Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office

Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office

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By (author) Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Foreword by Steve Forbes

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  • Publisher: PORTFOLIO
  • Format: Paperback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 20mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 26 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1591845408
  • ISBN 13: 9781591845409
  • Edition statement: Updated ed.
  • Sales rank: 75,256

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"I'm not a businessman-I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he first and foremost a business. And as much as Martha Stewart or Oprah, he has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the local radio station playing Jay-Z's latest hit, spritz yourself with his 9IX cologne, slip on a pair of his Rocawear jeans, lace up your Reebok S. Carter sneakers, catch a Nets basketball game in the afternoon, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig before heading to an evening performance of the Jay-Z-backed Broadway musical "Fela!" and a nightcap at his 40/40 Club. He'll profit at every turn of your day. But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect. Surprisingly to many, he honed his business philosophy not at a fancy B school, but on the streets of Brooklyn, New York and beyond as a drug dealer in the 1980s. "Empire State of Mind" tells the story behind Jay-Z's rise to the top as told by the people who lived it with him- from classmates at Brooklyn's George Westinghouse High School; to the childhood friend who got him into the drug trade; to the DJ who convinced him to stop dealing and focus on music. This book explains just how Jay-Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. Zack O'Malley Greenburg draws on his one-on-one interviews with hip-hop luminaries such as DJ Clark Kent, Questlove of The Roots, Damon Dash, Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, MC Serch; NBA stars Jamal Crawford and Sebastian Telfair; and recording industry executives including Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records. He also includes new information on Jay-Z's various business dealings, such as: * The feature movie about Jay-Z and his first basketball team that was filmed by Fab 5 Freddy in 2003 but never released. * The Jay-Z branded Jeep that was scrapped just before going into production. * The real story behind his association with Armand de Brignac champagne. * The financial ramifications of his marriage to Beyonce. Jay-Z's tale is compelling not just because of his celebrity, but because it embodies the rags-to-riches American dream and is a model for any entrepreneur looking to build a commercial empire.

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"Jay-Z's rise to fame has as many lessons for would-be moguls as for budding rappers ... All these lessons are clear from "Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office, " by Zack O'Malley Greenburg (Portfolio, $25.95), one of the year's best rock books." -"Bloomberg News" "Well told ... the heart of "Empire State of Mind" is its depiction, helped by some good shoe-leather reporting, of the commercial deals that have enabled Jay-Z to profit from exploiting his prestige and personality." -"The Financial Times" "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" "Zack O'Malley Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream. "Empire State of Mind" is a pure product of Greenburg's care and insight, an exploration of hip-hop's most enigmatic mogul, Jay-Z." -Dan Charnas, author of "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop" ""Empire State Of Mind" follows the money and key pieces of the Jay-Z puzzle in this insightful, savvy read...this book is like a GPS leading us through the modern urban reality of how Jay-Z's empire was built." -Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, hip-hop artist and pioneer "Lively and often surprising, "Empire State Of Mind" analyzes one of the greatest assets of the hip-hop generation: the business mind of Jay-Z. In capturing Jay-Z's refuse to lose mentality, Zack O'Malley Greenburg tells an important, instructive American story of our time." -Jeff Chang, author of "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation" "Business savvy is really what sets Jay-Z apart, and that's the subject of Zack O'Malley Greenburg's enlightening, engaging, and excellent new book ... Greenburg zeroes in on Jay-Z's abili