Poverty, Violence, And Drugs

1363 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
“They call it the game, but it’s not-you can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real and forever.”(Jay-Z, p. 256) Becoming one of the wealthiest rappers and entrepreneur is the type of success Jay-Z envisioned growing up. Although he grew up in a poor neighborhood and household, Jay-Z’s surroundings didn’t deter him from success. He took part in the street life involving illegal activities selling drugs, but never allowed the street life to consume him. Jay-Z grew up in the projects of Brooklyn and was raised by a single mother. Jay-Z took his early childhood struggles and turned them into motivation. He wasn’t afraid to dream big. He went from living in the projects to living in penthouses and mansions. He was a rare success living in the infamous Marcy Projects, a place consumed by poverty, violence, and drugs. Jay-Z is now one of the most successful entertainers of the 21st century. Brooklyn produced a hip-hop icon in Jay-Z. As a result of his numerous milestones and accomplishments, he should be recognized by the city of New York. He is very arguably the face of New York. He represents Brooklyn like no other. Jay-Z deserves to be recognized with a monument because of his musical and entrepreneurial success, as well as never forgetting where he came from. There have been many great musical talents to emerge from Brooklyn such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and MC Lyte, but none…
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