“I’m From Rags to Riches”: The Death of Jay-Z

Cynthia Fuchs’s “I’m From Rags to Riches”: The Death of Jay-Z was an interesting and informative article about the rapper Jay-Z. This article was written in 2003, around the time that Jay-Z had announced his “retirement” from the rap game. He eventually came back to make more music, including the single that was heard all over New York City in the fall of 2009, Empire State of Mind. But before the fame and being known as Jay-Z, Sean Carter was just a young man from Marcy Houses, housing projects in Brooklyn, NY. Going through several problems in his life, he began to sell crack cocaine and he is definitely not afraid to speak about it. On the contrary, Jay-Z is known to speak about where he came from through his rhymes. He takes us to the places where he grew up in his music videos. After hitting it big in the rap game, he was not satisfied. He usually refers to himself as a hustler in his music, and that is exactly what he is. Jay-Z makes money any way he can possible think of, whether it is through a clothing line, co-owning the New Jersey Nets, or having his own sports bar in NYC, Jay-Z is making money from all angles. This is one of the reasons why many individuals respect him, not only as a person but as a business man. Jay-Z is the true example of he became from rags to riches.

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