Empire State of Mindreveals the story behind Jay Z's rise as
told by the people who lived it with him, from classmates at
Brooklyn's George Westinghouse High School and the childhood friend
who got him into the drug trade, to the DJ who persuaded him to
stop dealing and focus on the music.
Zack O'Malley Greenburg is a seniorr editor atForbes, where he has covered finance and music since 2005. He has profiled the likes of Akon, 50 Cent, and Afrika Bambaataa, and his stories have taken him from the casinos of Macau to the diamond mines of Sierra Leone. He has also written forThe Washington Post, The Huffington Post,andDan's Papers. He lives in New York City.
"Fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary
entrepreneurs of our era."
"Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream. Empire State of Mind is a pure product of Greenburg's care and insight, an exploration of hip-hop's most enigmatic mogul."
-Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop
"Greenburg follows the money and key pieces of the Jay Z puzzle in this insightful,savvy read. This book is like a GPS leading us through the modern urban realityof how Jay Z's empire was built."
-Fab 5 Freddy, artist, hip-hop pioneer, and former host of Yo! MTV Raps
"A superb guide for your career, even if you are looking to be an investment banker or grocery store manager instead of a hip-hop legend."