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Brooklyn, New York, United States

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• Raised in Brooklyn, he took his stage name from the J and Z subway lines that ran in his neighborhood.

• Formed Roc-A-Fella Records with his manager, Damon Dash, and road manager and childhood friend Kareem "Biggs" Burke.

• A film crew followed his 1999 tour with DMX, Beanie Sigel and others for the documentary Backstage.

• He and Sean "Diddy" Combs donated $1 million to the Red Cross in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.

• Supported Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

• Cofounder of the clothing line Rocawear.

• Released the memoir Decoded in November 2010.