How Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Made It This Far
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake are so rich that their butlers have butlers, their maids have maids, and their cars have cars.
They're so rich that bankers in parking lots fight each other to the death in a circle of fire trying to secure their investments. They're so rich that their money actually laughs at you on the way to work. And they're each making over a million bucks a show on the Legends of Summer tour. Here's a good idea how these two classics got to this point.
The Early Years
Jay Z was born and raised in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects. He formed a bond with an older rapper named Jaz O who had a record deal; and they collaborated on a song and video for his track "Hawaiian Sophie." Jaz O took young Shawn with him to London for a promotion in 1988, for which the kid was paid a small per diem. After the trip, Jay Z took his earnings back to New York City, flipped them through drug sales, and funded himself for the rest of his life.
Justin Timberlake was born in Memphis, and raised in a small town called Shelby Forest. His parents broke up when he was three years old, and each of them remarried. At age 11, Timberlake performed a country music routine on television's Star Search as Justin Randall. He lost to a girl.
Within a couple of years, he joined the cast of The New Mickey Mouse Club, and made friends with a couple of cute blondes named Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.