Rap legend Jay-Z appeared to reach the pinnacle of generosity when he splashed out more than $80,000 for a buddy’s birthday celebrations in early 2018. However, after news of his tip that night went viral, the Roc Nation mogul was in fact accused of being somewhat less than philanthropic. Here’s a look at what happened when J-Hova “went uptown and shut it down.”
And Jay-Z could more than afford to spend such a substantial amount on his friend, considering how rich he is today. But life hasn’t always been so kind to the man born Shawn Corey Carter. He grew up in a rough neighborhood, for one; as a teenager, he also spent much of his time hustling on the streets. But it was also on these streets that he first began showcasing his talents as a rapper and adopted the name Jay-Z. He would also co-found his own label, Roc-a-Fella Records, and release his first album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996. From then on, Jay-Z never looked back.