Jay-Z High School:
|Eli Whitney High School, Brooklyn, New York, George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, Brooklyn, New York, Trenton Central High School, Trenton, New Jersey, (dropped out).|
Jay-Z, born as Shawn Corey Carter, hails from a housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn known as Marcy Houses. He attended Eli Whitney High School in his neighborhood until it was shut down, at which point he began at George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Downtown Brooklyn with The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. He then transferred a third time to Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, but did not end up finishing his high school education. Instead, he developed a reputation in his neighborhood as "Jazzy", performing rap wherever he could. In the late 80's and early 90's, the young entrepreneur won several rap battles with LL Cool J and was featured in several recordings. Jay-Z sold his CD's out of his car until he created his own record label, Roc-A-Fella Records, with two friends in 1995. Presently he is known as one of the most successful hip-hop musicians in the world, winning 17 Grammy Awards; he is one half of a major power couple with his superstar wife, Beyoncé Knowles.