American rapper, record executive, and businessman Jay-Z has officially joined Instagram.
The 51-year-old media proprietor officially joined the popular photo and video sharing social networking service on Tuesday.
The billionaire business made his debut on Instagram with the promotion of The Harder They Fall, the 2021 film co-produced by himself, Jeymes Samuel, James Lassiter, and Lawrence Bender.
Jay-Z has amassed over 1 million followers in less than 24 hours of joining Instagram. He also became the first person to be followed by Beyoncé, his wife, on the platform.
The relationship between Jay-Z and Beyoncé became a matter of public record on April 22, 2008, but Beyoncé did not publicly debut her $5 million Lorraine Schwartz-designed wedding ring until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5, 2008.
The reside in an $88 million home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. They generally avoid discussing their relationship, and Beyoncé has stated her belief that this has helped them, while Jay-Z agreed in a People article that they do not “play with [their] relationship”.
From the projects to the throne, Jay-Z embodied the quintessential rags-to-riches dream, becoming one of the most successful MCs of his generation while creating an empire that made him one of the richest artists of the era.
After debuting in the late ’90s with Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime, Vol 1, he began a chart run that notched over a dozen number one albums spread over two decades, including the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (1999), the Blueprint series (’01, ’02, ’09), and The Black Album (2003).
In addition to his solo work, Jay-Z also found mainstream crossover success with pop, R&B, and rock artists, notably collaborating with protege Rihanna on their Grammy-winning “Umbrella” (2008); alternative metal outfit Linkin Park on 2004’s genre mash-up Collision Course; Alicia Keys on New York City’s unofficial anthem, the chart-topping “Empire State of Mind” (2011); frequent foil Kanye West on Watch the Throne (2012); and wife Beyoncé on numerous hit singles, international tours, and the joint album Everything Is Love (2018).
In addition to rapping, Jay-Z has also served as a label head (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam), team owner (NBA’s Brooklyn Nets), real-estate mogul, and fashion designer.