Find Out How Jay-Z Became Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire on E!’s True Hollywood Story

Find Out How Jay-Z Became Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire on E!’s True Hollywood Story

Billionaires are getting the True Hollywood Story treatment.

Tonight’s all-new episode of the E! series will delve into the lives and careers of Elon Musk, Jay-Z and Sara Blakely, who have several things in common: They all faced adversity and tragedy, which fueled their ambition to strive for the best.

Jay-Z is perhaps the most well-known of the three business magnates, but as this sneak peek clip proves, he had to face an uphill battle to achieve fame, let alone amass billions.

Michael Eric Dyson, author of Jay-Z: Made in America, breaks it all down by first taking us back to 1995, when the rapper “uses nearly a million dollars from street sales up and down the Eastern corridor—from, say, New York, you know, as far as Maryland—to fund Roc-A-Fella Records.”

The label released Jay-Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, the next year. 

“It got to like 23 on the charts,” Dyson recalled. “If you’re an independent artist, that’s good, but if you’re Jay-Z, that’s not.”

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