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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zack O'Malley Greenburg Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect.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:

  • 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zack Greenburg | 2/19/2014

    " Kinda biased, as I wrote the darned thing! Please feel free to send me feedback if you've read it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason Reeves | 2/13/2014

    " Lots of knowledge in this one. Jay's been my man for the longest. Love to see him shine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber Rose | 2/11/2014

    " I learned a lot about Jay-Z from this book. The only thing I'd caution one about is the fact that the book was done without Jay-Z's permission. But Zack O'Malley did a great job. Easy, fast read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by James Loftus | 1/18/2014

    " This book was terrible and frankly shame on me for not putting it down as soon as the author noted in the forward to the book that Jay-Z refused to speak to him for the book. What follows that revelation is a poorly written exploration of Jay-Z's life and career using only primary source material from people that have personal axes to grind with him along with the recantation of various interviews that Jay-Z gave to other people and SONG LYRICS... I'm sorry but I cannot take seriously any book that claims to glean information about someone's inner workings and personal relationships through parsing rap songs. The two main low points in my mind were a meandering and in the end pointless exploration of whether Jay-Z was paid to endorse a particular brand of champaign (after many pages and a boondoggle to France, the author determines that, despite finding any evidence of this that, Jay-Z must have been paid). The second was the chapter on Jay-Z's relationship with Beyonce wherein the author uses the fact that Jay-Z had mumbled a word in one of his joint efforts with his wife to indicate that this was "as much a merger as a marriage". Seriously, this book if awful, the only good thing about it is that its pretty short. "

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