- Real Name: Shawn Corey Carter
- Nickname: Hov, Jigga
- Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
- Label: Roc Nation
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What If the Movie ‘Yesterday’ Was About Rappers Instead of The Beatles?
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How Accessibility Ruined Behind-the-Scenes Hip-Hop Content
The greatest behind-the-scenes content preserves fantasy without doing a disservice to creators.
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“Offer anything you can of your value without any expectation of getting something in return.”