Jay-Z Albums: How Many Albums Has Jay-Z Released?: Jay-Z, officially known as Shawn Corey Carter is an American rapper, record producer, and music executive.
He was born on Thursday, December 4, 1969, and developed a love for music at a very younger age but kicked off his career in the late 1980s.
With no major label to give him a record deal, Jay-Z resorted to selling CDs out of his car, and together with Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, they created Roc-A-Fella Records as an independent label in 1995.
Subsequently, in 1996, he released his debut studio album ‘Reasonable Doubt’ which attained widespread critical success and solidified his stand in the music industry.
Jay-Z has since then released several hit singles as well as albums and has risen through the ranks to become one of the greatest rappers of all time winning several prestigious awards and accolades.
As of 2023, he had won 24 Grammy Awards, the joint-most Grammy awards of any rapper along with Kanye West. Jay-Z also holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200
Also, he’s a recipient of the NAACP’s President’s Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Sports Emmy Award; and has also received a nomination for a Tony Award.
Jay-Z is ranked by Billboard and Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was the first rapper honored in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the first solo living rapper inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He’s also an entrepreneur, and founder of Roc Nation, a Manhattan-based conglomerate talent and entertainment agency. Jay-Z was the CEO of Def Jam Recordings and has played a role in the creative and commercial success of artists including Kanye West, Rihanna, and J. Cole.
In February 2023, Jay-Z made major headlines after his electrifying performance at the 2023 Grammys (65th Annual Grammy Awards).
Jay-Z was brought on stage by top American disc jockey and music executive, DJ Khaled, and together with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, John Legend, and Fridayy, they performed DJ Khaled’s chart-topping single, ‘God Did’ off his ‘God Did’ album which was released on Friday, August 26, 2022.
Patrons at the event, fans, and music enthusiasts have referred to the performance as an epic show-closing performance.
Jay-Z Albums: How Many Albums Has Jay-Z Released?
Jay-Z has served the music community with several singles as well as thirteen solo studio albums. The award-winning rapper has also released four collaborative albums.
Below are his solo studio albums.
- Reasonable Doubt (1996)
- In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)
- Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)
- Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)
- The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
- The Blueprint (2001)
- The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse (2002)
- The Black Album (2003)
- Kingdom Come (2006)
- American Gangster (2007)
- The Blueprint 3 (2009)
- Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013)
- 4:44 (2017)
Below are his collaborative albums.
- The Best of Both Worlds with R. Kelly (2002)
- Unfinished Business with R. Kelly (2004)
- Watch the Throne with Kanye West (2011)
- Everything Is Love with Beyoncé (as the Carters) (2018)