One of the greatest living rappers — and certainly the most inventive and consistently successful — Jay-Z has built a career on combining nimble and largely autobiographical rhymes with adventurous production that incorporates everything from snatches of classic R&B to Broadway showtunes and Eighties electropop. Unlike some contemporaries, Jay-Z views success not only in financial terms but artistic terms, and his music were as interested in pushing hip-hop forward as they were in garnering chart hits

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