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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, United States), is an American rapper and former president and CEO of Roc A Fella Records. He is more commonly known by a variety of stage names including Jay-Z, S. Carter, Jigga, Hova, J-Hova, Hov, and Young Hov. He is regarded as one of the most prolific and successful American blend artists of the mid-90s and early 2000s and is known for his use of metaphors, freestyling abilities, word play, flow, and blending of street and popular hip hop. He is one of the most respected rappers in the music industry, and is admired for his ability to craft songs from memory without the use of pen and paper. He married his long time girlfriend Beyonce in April 2008 after dating for over seven years. He is one of the founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, a hip-hop record label which also launched the careers of artists such as Beanie Sigel, Kanye West, Memphis Bleek, Young Gunz, Freeway, and Teairra Mari.


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    If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son
    I got ninety nine problems but a bitch ain't one
    I got the rap patrol on the gat patrol
    Foes that want to make sure my casket's closed
    Rap critics that say he's "Money Cash Hoes"
    99 Problems  -  3,313,285 plays
    Uhh, uh uh uh
    It's big pimpin baby.
    It's big pimpin, spendin cheese
    Feel me. uh-huh uhh, uh-huh.
    Ge-ge-geyeah, geyeah
    Big Pimpin'  -  1,054,693 plays
    You're now tuned into the muh'fuckin greatest
    Turn the music up in the headphones
    Tim, you can go and brush your shoulder off, nigga
    I got you, yeah
    If you feeling like a pimp
    Dirt Off Your Shoulder  -  1,284,329 plays
    Ladies and gentlemen let's put our hands together for the astonishing
    (*girls singing*)
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A...
    Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 8th wonder of the world
    The flow of the century. oh it's timeless. HOV'!
    IZZO (H.O.V.A.)  -  1,054,807 plays
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