Empire State of Mind (book)

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Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office
Author Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Country United States
Language English
Genre Biography, non-fiction
Publisher Penguin Random House
Publication date
September 22, 2015
Media type Print (hardcover), E-Book
Pages 304
ISBN 978-1591848349

Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office is a biography authored by Zack O'Malley Greenburg, released in March 2011 by Portfolio, the Penguin Random House business imprint. The latest updated paperback edition was released in September 2015.[1]


From the official blurb:[2] Empire State of Mind reveals 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. Now with new interviews with industry insiders like Russell Simmons, Alicia Keys, and J. Cole—more than one hundred in total—this book explains just how Jay Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world.

Noteworthy sources interviewed for this biography include Fab Five Freddy, Russell Simmons, Damon Dash, Alicia Keys and J. Cole. The book was cited by Bloomberg as "one of the year's best rock books."[3]