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Solomon & Shawn Carter (Jay – Z) : 

Solomon & Shawn Carter (Jay – Z) Mandee Rector & Grayson Allred

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Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba. While David was known as ‘a man after God’s own heart’, he also bore the title of ‘horrible father’ Solomon had many siblings including Amnon, who was killed on the order of their half-brother, Absalom, for raping Absolom's sister, Tamar. (2 Samuel 13:1-29) Solomon

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Shawn Carter, more commonly known as “Jay – Z”, was brought up on the mean streets in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, New York—surrounded by drugs, violence and black-market money. Carter was a quiet kid who lived with his mother and three siblings. Carter’s father abandoned the family before he became a teenager. By age 13, he was a part time rapper and full time hustler. Shawn Carter

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With Carter’s “street career” in music on the rise, the fledgling rapper known as “Jazzy”, chose to modify his name to fit into the more commercialized industry in which brand name is everything—to later become the famous rapper we know as “Jay – Z” Other names that he went by later in his career were: The Jigga man J Hova HOV

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Solomon’s name is related to shalom meaning “peace/welfare” He was also named Jedidiah meaning “beloved of the Lord” Variations of Solomon’s name include: Salmon Salomo Salomon Salomone Shalmon Sol Solaman Sollie Soloman

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Solomon accumulated enormous wealth. He controlled the entire region west of the Euphrates. During Solomon’s reign, Jerusalem glistened like a brilliant gem between the liquid sapphire of the Mediterranean and the mineral-rich sparkle of the Dead Sea –it was “a city set on a hill” –a light to the world. 1 Kings (10:14-11:6) states that he owned 12,000 horses with horesmen 1,400 chariots 700 wives 300 concubines And it has been estimated that he made around $848 million/year

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Solomon was renowned for his many large-scale building projects. The Bible accredits Solomon as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem, called the Holy Temple. The temple took 7 years to complete, and was built of stone and cedar, carved within and overlaid with pure gold (1 Kings 5-6). He spend 13 years building his own palace (1 Kings 7). -a city wall -a palace for the daughter of Pharaoh -and facilities for foreign traders. He erected cities for chariots and horsemen and created storage cities. He extended Jerusalem to the north and fortified cities near the mountains of Judah and Jerusalem.

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When Jay-Z told the world that he wasn’t “a business man, I’m a business, man,” the world seemed to take notice. As his music grew in popularity, Jigga wanted to cut out the middleman who would drain the profits, and formed his own company along with fellow street pals. Roc-a-Fella Records was created—making Jay-Z the first rapper to become a corporate entity. Under the self-proclaimed title of “chief executive of hip-hop”, Jay-Z has released ten solo studio albums, has sold more than 30 million records, and won seven Grammys. At 13 he was selling crack. By 30 he was a hip-hop legend—having gone, in his words, “from grams to Grammys”. As head of Def Jam, he earns a reported $8m-$10m a year, while managing the careers of some of the promising rap rookies.

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Apart from his booming music industry, Jay-Z built a business empire that included: his own clothing line called Rocawear in 1999, which grossed $300 million in 2004. Roc-A-Fella Films, which brings in net earnings of $50-$100 million. Roc-A-Fella’s distributing of Armdale Premium, a two grain, 80 proof, triple distilled Scottish vodka. Opening the 40/40 Club Elite sports bar in New York City. His endorsement of Reebok shoes’ creation of the S. Carter shoe collection –marking the first time a non-athlete ever had a signature shoe. He became a part owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets in 2004. At 36, he is said to be worth $320m –compiled in little more than 10 years.

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The Bible portrays Solomon as being great in wisdom, wealth, and power, but ultimately as a king whose sin, including idolatry and turning away from God, leads to the kingdom being torn. By doing the 3 things God forbade of him (Deuteronomy 17:16-17), Solomon became a workaholic, alcoholic, and relationship/sex addict Solomon’s heart turned away from God. “ As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been” (1 Kings 11:4).

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Through Jay-Z’s acquisition of such incredible wealth, possessions and power—like that of Solomon—he struggled with an egocentric attitude, that caused Jay-Hova to be ruthless, greedy, and intensely lonely at times. This pompous attitude that grew with his outstanding fame and fortune, caused Jay-Z to put on an almost “God-like” persona. “He who does not feel me is not real to me, therefore he does not exist. So, poof… vamoose, son of a *****.” “If you don’t gimme heaven I’ll raise hell… ‘till it’s heaven.”

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However in recent years, Jay-Z’s attitude has become one of a more humble nature, and his focus has been on more than just his career. In 2003 he reconciled with his father. That same year, he began to put his wealth to good use, founding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund for disadvantaged and formerly incarcerated youth who hope to attend college. In 2006, he teamed up with the United Nations to raise awareness of the worldwide water shortage. And in 2008, after six years of dating, he married the singer Beyonce Knowles.

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Solomon’s realization of his downfall came in his old age. Throughout his reign, he “had it all” (money, sex and power) but called it all meaningless. In the end he discovered that the money, sex and power had control of his heart. Aside from his wealth, Solomon became known for his wisdom and writings. He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. He wrote the Song of Songs, the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

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“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (Eccles. 12:13-14). Solomon finally resolved… …as Solomon and Jay-Z both would know.

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