Striving in the music industry for more than 20-year Jay-Z is one of the most popular names there. An American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and media proprietor, Shawn Corey Carter (Jay-Z), was born on 4 December 1969. He has been known for his firm grip and influence all over the music industry. And for also developing the space for artists like Kanye West, Rihanna, Rick Ross, and J. Cole.
He was the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and has worked for labels such as Roc Nation, Atlantic, Roc-A-Fella, and Priority. Born and brought up in New York City, Carter is not only known popularly for his amazing vocals. He is also the favorite of the media outlets for his diverse nicknames. The most popular one being Jay-Z which is also his stage name and many others on the list. He and his insanely perfect vocals are globally recognized in the hip-hop world, and he is also known to have its effect everywhere beyond the rap world too.
His rapper persona has given him a variety of nicknames from everywhere, and he adores all of them. Therefore, let’s have a look at all of the names he gets addressed with and the meaning behind them.
His Popular Nicknames:
As mentioned before, Carter’s nicknames have originated from his public persona and the story behind it. There is a bunch of them he had earned during the years of his career. Let’s have a dive in and know all of them.
His Neighbors Refers to His as Jazzy:
Jazzy was given to him during his early days growing up in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects. It was his first nickname coined by his neighbors because of his smooth and mature way of handling things.
The nickname later laid the foundation for the origin of his stage name Jay-Z. He broke and joined different words together of his mentor’s name Jaz-O. This all happened when he was on the stage of beginners in the music industry selling CDs out from the trunk of his car and having battles with artists like LL Cool J.
An Abbreviation of Another Nickname Birthed Izzo:
Izzo became a popular nickname for Jay-Z after the release of his hit single of the same name. Titled “Izzo (H.O.V.A)”, it was produced by a young Kanye West. It became one of the first commercial hits for Jay-Z and also became the route for his appearance in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100.
The “O” in another famous nickname of him “Hova” is represented by “Izzo”. The recording of the single tells us about his early struggle and experience in the music industry and the traumas he suffered up while building up the project.
A Homage to Jehova – J-Hove:
Jehova is a Hebrew name for God, and his popular nickname “J-Hove” has its roots in it. He linked his rapping abilities to a supernatural force while recording “A Million and One Questions (Remix)”. He rhymes the lines, and it goes, “They call me J-Hove cause the flow is religious.”
His rapping and lyrics crafting abilities are so perfect and spontaneous that some consider it as a gift from God. And, if we go with the reports released by MTV, before recording any song, Jay-Z doesn’t even write the lyrics.
What Else Do We Know About Jay-Z?
Jay-z has released many successful albums and singles in the music industry, and each one of them is known as one of the best.
The Blueprint (2001), The Black Album (2003), and American Gangster (2007) are some of his popular albums. His full-collaborative albums, which are Watch the Throne (2011) with Kanye West and Everything Is Love (2018) with his wife Beyonce, are also globally popular. With over 50 million albums and 75 million singles sold worldwide, he is regarded as one of the world’s bestselling artists.
Apart from his musical career, Jay-Z is also known as a founder of a clothing retailer “Rocawear” in 1999. Later in the year 2003, he created the luxury sports bar chain known as “40/40 Club”.
He is married to Beyonce and he has three children included Blue Ivy.