|JAY-Z - BIOGRAPHY||
With the help of his gold-certified 1996 single -- a duet with Foxy Brown entitled "Ain't No N-G-A (Like the One I Got)" -- Brooklyn's Jay-Z (b. Sean Carter) signed a contract with the Priority label that same year and released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt. The single "Can't Knock the Hustle" hit the R&B Top 40, pushing Reasonable Doubt into gold territory once again. In 1997, Jay-Z resurfaced with In My Lifetime; Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life followed a year later.