"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man."
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But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect.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:
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
"[A] fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era." (Steve Forbes)
My goal is to complete 24 books this year.
Captivating, Interesting and Brilliance of mega proportions.
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.
Book nerd for life!
A push to really be a great business woman.
Hearing about what exactly happened to the Jay-Z jeep.
No, thank you. He messed up several names and words, and it would throw me off each and every time.
Learning about how he was able to score so many business ventures, including one I didn't know about (his street basketball team).
Yes, It confirmed what I had already believed about the guy.
When dame and jay was in the elevator at the same time. Dame realized j was on a different level then.
The man behind the name
Thought the writer made to long of a read about the whole whine conspiracy.
This audio book is pretty thorough and gives a great insight to Jay-Z
Leaning about his marketing tactics was fantastic.
Building an Empire State of Mind
Easy to listen to. Great quality. This is an in-depth look at the man behind the music.
Listen... Can you hear that???? Stillness speaks.
I would listen to
Jay-Z was my favorite character. I selected this audio book because I wanted to know more about him.... as an individual and businessman.
Man-to-man talk with his father.
Yes... I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting.
I admire Jay-Z and wish all the best to him and his family.
I would most def say yes. Only the way the narrator pulled me in, and kept my attention.
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.
Dj Clark Kent
It was empowering.
Must read for anyone, everyone, all walks of life, no matter skin color. it will challenge you to do more and want more! #100
Maybe Osho, sience they don t read two books at once.
Just want my money back.
My name is Shaun Guerrero
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.
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