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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: March 2011 ISBN:
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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But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect.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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 1/12/2014

    " Unauthorized biography. Not impressive. Read Decoded instead, much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ghira | 12/28/2013

    " I thought this was an autobiography, so I was a little surprised with what I read. It was well written, but I'm really not a huge fan of biographies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey Holmes | 12/1/2013

    " This book is for those who think S dot is a rapper.....circa 1996 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rushay Booysen | 11/22/2013

    " This book primarily focused on Jay-Z rise and how he obtained his wealth.From the book Jigga man surely looks like a shrewd business man that wont blink to gain out of you.Zack interviewed various artist and business partners of the Jigga man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 11/17/2013

    " This makes me hate Jay-Z. Greenberg does an excellent job of making him seem like a giant douche. Would have been nice if had had actually interviewed Jay-Z. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Titilayo Ogunmakinwa | 7/5/2013

    " A very good read. The author does a great job giving the reader a peep into the life and lifestyle of one of my favorite rappers. I also found the book motivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art | 6/29/2013

    " Jay-Z's a hero for a reason. I knew about his Cristal boycott but not the shrewd financial motives and underhanded dealings behind it. I knew he was an entrepreneur, but I didn't know he was this sharp, this relentless - and I didn't realise he freestyles most of his recordings! Amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurens Curteis | 3/1/2013

    " interesting read for those interested in jay z's business ventures aswell as skills as an artist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea Ryan | 1/10/2013

    " Interesting window into Jay-z's world. not much from jay-z himself. This book really gives you a feel for how he interacts with business associates and how they feel about certain decisions he made. There is a lot about his background too. He's actually been around longer than I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 11/15/2012

    " An interesting book but I felt the lack of access to Jay-Z by the author. some interesting points were made though so a worthwhile read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 8/17/2012

    " Never really knew Jay-Z's story; he's very interesting. I wish the author would have web able to interview him for his insight! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Curtin | 6/13/2012

    " Still not to sure what to think about this book...the /uotes" from JayZ are all lyrics to his songs...$mmmm. I do like the explanation and reasons for alot of the choices JayZ has made in his career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/17/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, it was well written and gave so good insights into how Jay-Z thinks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 1/18/2011

    " Very interesting and easy read to find out about one of those celebrities you always hear about but don't really know about. "

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