Shawn Carter, known as Jay-Z, is an American musical artist and businessman. With 13 albums, 21 Grammys, and one of the most influential record labels, Jay-Z is indisputably one of the greatest artists of his time. As a rapper, his verses are always beautifully written and perfectly delivered, like slam poetry with expensive musical production behind it. In 2010, Jay-Z released his first and only book, which added one New York Times bestseller to his résumé.