You will prepare and submit a term paper on Biography of Shaw Corey Carter Jay Z. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. Shawn’s father was a freelancer who was often out of work and his mother was employed as an agent in an insurance company. His family relocated into Marcy Houses when he was only six years old. His new neighborhood was poorer and more derelict (Bankston 2006, 3). His life and music career was heavily influenced by his childhood and teenage years living in poor neighborhoods.
From the very start, music has been an essential piece of Shawn’s life. The love for music runs in his family. Shawn was timid and withdrawn as a child, and he found his sanctuary in music. He habitually composed lyrics and rhymes. Two major attributes were observed in Shawn at an early age: (1) intellectually gifted, and (2) a music lover (Cramer 2009, 712). Some of his favorite singers and artists, according to his relatives, were The Temptations, Ohio Players, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Jackson 5. As a pupil, Shawn displayed brilliance in writing, arts, and mathematics (Bailey 2011, 7). Sadly, his father left their family in 1980, when he was only eleven years old. This was one of the darkest events in his life. The entire family and his mother were utterly devastated. His mother believed that the reason for her husband’s departure is his failure to positively deal with his brother’s tragic death, which gripped him with anger and the desire for retribution. His mother struggled to find more jobs to provide for the needs of her family. Even though his mother was not usually around to be with her children, Shawn had performed well in school. However, when their family started to slowly fall apart, Shawn started to engage in delinquent activities. He did not attend his classes anymore and got involved in street crimes. Shawn became more withdrawn and fearful of becoming too attached to anyone or anything believing that they will eventually leave him or suddenly snatched away from him (Watkins 2005, 74-75). This persona would eventually be viewed as a unique self-confidence he showed while jostling in the streets or negotiating transactions in high rises.
He united both his love for musical masterpieces and music itself through rapping.