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abandoned the family, Shawn and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter.

In 2009, he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent.

He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation.

The concert was entitled the "I Declare War" concert leading to intense speculation in the weeks preceding the event on whom exactly Jay-Z would declare war.

As he had previously "declared war" on other artists taking lyrical shots at him at other events, many believed that the Powerhouse show would represent an all-out assault by Jay-Z upon his rivals.

On September 11, 2001, hours before the September 11 attacks, Jay-Z released his sixth studio album, The Blueprint, which received a coveted 5 mic review from hip-hop magazine The Source.

Written in just two days, It was lauded for its production and its balance of "mainstream" and "hardcore" rap. A.)", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Jigga That Nigga", and "Song Cry".

Eminem was the only guest rapper on the album, producing and rapping on the song "Renegade". As of February 2012, the album had sold 2,700,000 copies worldwide, even though its initial success had been overshadowed by the tragic events of 9/11.

Four tracks were produced by Kanye West and the album represents one of West's first major breaks in the industry. It was later reissued in a single-disc version, The Blueprint 2.1, which retained half of the tracks from the original.

On November 25, 2003, Jay-Z held a concert—billed as a "retirement party" at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which would later be the focus of his film Fade to Black. Other performers included collaborators like the Roots (in the form of his backing band), Missy Elliott, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Siegel, Freeway, Mary J. While Jay-Z had attested to a retirement from making new studio albums, various side projects and appearances soon followed.

Blige, Beyoncé, Twista, Ghostface Killah, Foxy Brown, Pharrell Williams and R. Included in these were a greatest hits record, as well as the release and tour of Unfinished Business, the second collaborative album between Jay-Z and R. In 2004, Jay-Z collaborated with rock group Linkin Park, in which they released their collaborative remix EP Collision Course, which featured mashups of both artists' songs, as well as a concert DVD.

Jay-Z's comeback single, "Show Me What You Got", was leaked on the Internet in early October 2006, scheduled to be released later on that month, received heavy air-play after its leak, causing the FBI to step in and investigate.