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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But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect.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

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

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    "Brilliant. A Necessary Read For All Aspiring Entrepreneurs"

    This book is incredibly in-depth, well research, and well reported. Covering in great the detail the rise of one the most successful entrepreneurial and hip hop moguls of our modern era. From the streets to the board room the author does a phenomenal job of detailing every aspect of Jay-Z's persona, thought process, inner circle, and even management style to present to a poignant and clear portrait of how he achieved - and still achieves - unparalleled success.

    A undoubted must read for anyone aspiring to reap huge profits and arrive at success in the music industry.

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    "Awesome insight!!"

    This is one of my favorite Audible books. I've listened to this four time already. I learn more about the mindset of an leading entrepreneur everytime I listen.

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    Gomeezy 02-28-16
    Gomeezy 02-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm not a businessman, I'm a BUSINESS MAN!"

    Great non-fiction work on the life of Jay-Z! Jay-Z needs to partner with O'Malley Greenburg to create a follow up to this novel. He can essentially be the Warren Buffet type of inspiration for the future generation of hustler-entrepreneurs. Ya heard!

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    "Good listen overall"

    The book was well-researched and written. I'll likely look into some of the other books by the author.

    The narrator had a clear voice that was easy to follow along with, although it's clear he wasn't familiar with the subject matter. He mispronounced several names of people and brands, which disrupts the flow for listeners who are familiar.

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    "Not bad"

    Good book, entertaining and I learned a lot about business..

    Not the greatest bio in my opinion, but its worth the credit or money spent.

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    james 03-26-15
    james 03-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this book"

    This is basically a way to show you that anything is possible, with hard work and dedication. So reach for sky then the moon and the stars. Just keep reaching

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    jesse 02-15-15
    jesse 02-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book"

    ThisBook offers amazing insight into the life of one of the greatest artists and business person of our era... And maybe the best ever at being both simultaneously...

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    Sergio 01-28-15
    Sergio 01-28-15
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    There's always a different side to the same coin jay z is that kind of an example and many more

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    "Really good information!!"

    The book was great. The reader should of gotten a few Ebonics enunciation classes because several names were read incorrectly.

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    blake Fort Lee, NJ, United States 01-22-15
    blake Fort Lee, NJ, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It's just business, man!"

    An interesting, in-depth and objective look at how and why Jay-Z built his empire. This is not heavy on biographical or music industry details or gossip which made this a much better book. The focus is on Jay-Z's incredible ambition and the path to success he took. An interesting and well developed book. The narration, as well, was balanced and engaging.

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