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Empire State of Mind

How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office
Lu par : Sean Pratt
Durée : 5 h et 34 min
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Description

"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man."
—Jay-Z

Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he is first and foremost a business. And as much as Martha Stewart or Oprah, he has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the local radio station playing Jay-Z's latest hit, spritz yourself with his 9IX cologne, slip on a pair of his Rocawear jeans, lace up your Reebok S. Carter sneakers, catch a Nets basketball game in the afternoon, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig before heading to an evening performance of the Jay-Z-backed Broadway musical Fela! and a nightcap at his 40/40 Club. He'll profit at every turn of your day.

But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect. Surprisingly to many, he honed his business philosophy not at a fancy B school but on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, and beyond as a drug dealer in the 1980s.

Empire State of Mind tells the story behind Jay-Z's rise to the top as told by the people who lived it with him. This audiobook explains just how Jay-Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. He also includes new information on Jay-Z's various business dealings, such as:

  • The feature movie about Jay-Z and his first basketball team that was filmed by Fab 5 Freddy in 2003 but never released
  • The Jay-Z branded Jeep that was scrapped just before going into production
  • The real story behind his association with Armand de Brignac champagne
  • The financial ramifications of his marriage to Beyonce

Jay-Z's tale is compelling, not just because of his celebrity, but because it embodies the rags-to-riches American dream and is a model for any entrepreneur looking to build a commercial empire.

©2011 Zack O'Malley Greenburg (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

Critiques

"[A] fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era." (Steve Forbes)

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  • Global
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  • Michelle M.
  • 03/01/2017

It was ok

The book was written from a "outsider" perspective. Jay Z did not approve him writing this book. If you really want to understand the mind of Jay Z and how he went from Street corner to board room, then I was suggest that you read Decoded which is written from Jay Z's soul perspective. Personally I don't think that a Jewish boy could ever really understand the plight of a Brooklyn boys' hustle. While I appreciate what he has to add and offer, i'd rather hear it from the horses mouth.

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  • Jeananne
  • 23/01/2013

I wanted to understand Jay Z.

I listened without knowing anything about him except that he is a famous rapper and it seemed like he was respected. This book outlines his business mind and how he has used it over the years to be #1 in everything he does. Even his music is only a means to an end to be #1 in his venture to rise to the top of the business world. Unfortunately his story seemed to be without heart and the people that talk about him describe him as wanting nothing more than money and power. I need to do more research if I am to understand him as a human being. Still, it is and interesting book to listen to because you learn about the world of hip hop music and it's culture via his journey in helping to shape it!!!

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  • Erik
  • 22/09/2016

Disappointed

What was most disappointing about Zack O'Malley Greenburg’s story?

The book just talked about business deals and how much they were worth. I wanted to hear stories about Jay Z's actual struggles and how he overcame. Only delved into this a little bit.

What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

good voice

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  • Yohana Desalegn
  • 16/05/2018

Chapters are messing

Chapter 12,13,14 are not there but the book was good I give it 10 stare

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  • Miles Klos
  • 20/06/2017

The book is good, but the guy who did the audiobook is clearly out of his element

I liked the book okay, some of the business stuff seemed pretty useless and didn't interest me. The audio book version has a ton of mispronunciations of A list celebrities names and the narrator doesn't seem to have any knowledge of hip-hop culture.

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  • Mohit
  • 28/12/2015

Good listen overall

The book was well-researched and written. I'll likely look into some of the other books by the author.

The narrator had a clear voice that was easy to follow along with, although it's clear he wasn't familiar with the subject matter. He mispronounced several names of people and brands, which disrupts the flow for listeners who are familiar.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 28/11/2018

Good Read

Interesting subject matter. Jay Z is a great business man. I am impressed by his business saavy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08/10/2018

Inside the mind of Jay-z

Loved this book, in it you see how Jay operates, the way in which he leveraged his celebrity and relationships is both genius & cut throat. Read this book!

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  • Virgiliu Lupu Sfarlea
  • 04/10/2018

Would never recommend

I found no good content in this book except for maybe 5 minutes. Te rest was a waste of my time.

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  • Avery Thornton
  • 06/08/2018

The audible version is ridiculous

The story was interesting from the business point of view, but honestly, why would the author not get someone to read it like it reads? He’s a white guy trying to read things that black people say. It sounds ridiculous. Of course JZ went to write his own book. Smart people capitalize on themselves.

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  • Kristian
  • 16/08/2017

Extensive and skewed

It was a good overview that covered key subjects. Unfortunately, the author must have been really hurt that Jay-Z declined an interview and it showed. There was an undertone to the whole book and the choice and presentation of some of the chapters sounded like passive aggressive jabs at Jay-Z. I didn't come for a biased biography and it devalued the message of the whole story for me.

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  • M. Baumeister
  • 23/10/2016

Interesting and inspirational Story

Very detailed, touching biography of Jay Z. Even for me, who knows hardly more than 4 Jay Z-Songs a pleasure to listen to. Sometimes I was a bit overwhelmed with the figures who much earned and sold(I'm non native English-Speaker).