“Rags to riches” stories epitomize the American dream. This month’s NEW BOOK DISPLAY features one such story, Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O’Malley Greenburg. Based on interviews with those “who knew him then” and those who know him now, this biography tells the story of the boy named Shawn Corey Carter who grew up in the Brooklyn housing projects, was lured into drug dealing, and left that life behind to become the rap superstar Jay-Z. But more than that, the book also recounts how Jay-Z went beyond musical artistry to entrepreneurship. As a restaurant and club owner, co-founder of the Roc-a-Fella record label, creator of the Rocawear clothing line, co-owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team and more, Jay-Z has created his own business empire. Greenburg, a writer for Forbes magazine, is an obvious admirer of Jay-Z, not only for his hip-hop talent but also for his business acumen. In the acknowledgments section of the book, he thanks Jay-Z “for living a life worth chronicling.”
Empire State of Mind and the other books shown below can be found on the NEW BOOKS DISPLAY at the Prairie State College library.