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Empire State of Mind Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

"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 is 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But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect.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. This audiobook explains just how Jay-Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. 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.

©2011 Zack O'Malley Greenburg (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"[A] fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era." (Steve Forbes)

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    AnthonyEvansCom Hyattsville, MD United States 01-23-13
    AnthonyEvansCom Hyattsville, MD United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2016

    My goal is to complete 24 books this year.

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    "Unauthorized Business Biography of Jay-Z"
    If you could sum up Empire State of Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Interesting and Brilliance of mega proportions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story about a former drug dealer who has become a multimillionaire and is married to one of the most beautiful,talented, megastar, and wealthiest women in the world - Beyouce. I really appreciated learning from the authors perspective on Jay-Z and his business and marketing acumen. Jay-Z is a marketing genius and I really appreciate that he did not participate in giving away free information for this book because he would not benefit from it financially. Makes sense. Now my question is how do I apply the principals that made Jay-Z millions? I respect Jay-Z and rap so much more because it has become mainstream. It is not a black thing, a white thing, or a purple thing is is a young thing with International flavor. A nice read, opps, I mean a really nice listen.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 01-09-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 01-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    "Interesting Story About My Favorite Businessman"
    If you could sum up Empire State of Mind in three words, what would they be?

    A push to really be a great business woman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire State of Mind?

    Hearing about what exactly happened to the Jay-Z jeep.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

    No, thank you. He messed up several names and words, and it would throw me off each and every time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Learning about how he was able to score so many business ventures, including one I didn't know about (his street basketball team).


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy LAWTON, OK, United States 01-23-12
    Timothy LAWTON, OK, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "jay z "the man""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It confirmed what I had already believed about the guy.


    What other book might you compare Empire State of Mind to and why?

    Don't know


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When dame and jay was in the elevator at the same time. Dame realized j was on a different level then.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The man behind the name


    Any additional comments?

    Thought the writer made to long of a read about the whole whine conspiracy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel La Jolla, CA, United States 01-17-12
    Gabriel La Jolla, CA, United States 01-17-12
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    "Interested in the man behind the Music? Buy it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audio book is pretty thorough and gives a great insight to Jay-Z


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire State of Mind?

    Leaning about his marketing tactics was fantastic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Building an Empire State of Mind


    Any additional comments?

    Easy to listen to. Great quality. This is an in-depth look at the man behind the music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 01-02-12
    Donna UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Listen... Can you hear that???? Stillness speaks.

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    "Excellent listening."
    Would you listen to Empire State of Mind again? Why?

    I would listen to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jay-Z was my favorite character. I selected this audio book because I wanted to know more about him.... as an individual and businessman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Man-to-man talk with his father.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes... I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I admire Jay-Z and wish all the best to him and his family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 03-17-13
    Darren 03-17-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Had High Hopes...But Disapointing"

    There is nothing in this book you can't find in the first page of Google results. Don't bother.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cire 02-15-16
    Cire 02-15-16

    Cire D.

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    "Dope!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Empire State of Mind to be better than the print version?

    I would most def say yes. Only the way the narrator pulled me in, and kept my attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always considered my self a "Hip Hop Head" and most def a big Jigga fan. There was a lot of business things I was unaware of. Also, I loved the different pov's from respectable Dj's and former business acquaintances.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Dj Clark Kent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was empowering.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for anyone, everyone, all walks of life, no matter skin color. it will challenge you to do more and want more! #100

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    Sean D. Monzet 10-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Feel jipped"

    Doesn't feel like a complete biography. Wouldn't recommend it to Jay Z fans looking for a well done biography.

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    Constantin 09-15-15
    Constantin 09-15-15
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    "Its a waste of my god damn life listening to this"
    Would you try another book from Zack O'Malley Greenburg and/or Sean Pratt?

    Please, no.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Maybe Osho, sience they don t read two books at once.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Pratt’s performances?

    Well, maybe.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Just want my money back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun Guerrero 06-20-15 Member Since 2013

    My name is Shaun Guerrero

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    "I've always wanted to know how Jay Z has accomplished so much"

    This book gives great insight and perspective through real life associate about the business icon. Jay-Z's ability to elevate his success with each step is impeccable trait. One that is not easily imitated. I look forward to utilizing what I've learned in this book do my best Jay Z personation in the world of real estate and business. Thank you for this well-written book my only critique is that you learn how to pronounce some of the artist name better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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