Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office is the new book from Forbes writer Zach O’Malley Greenburg which details the Brooklyn mogul’s rise through music, as well as sheds light on his other business deals, both the successful ones, and some that have been less than stellar.
The 240-page book, published by Portfolio, includes background information, interviews and a focus on the business side of Jay-Z’s career, touching on his various extraciriccular investment deals and partnerships, including Rocawear, his ownership of the NJ Nets, Reebok and his various other endorsements.
Businessweek provides a good breakdown on Empire State of Mind, seemingly finding that ultimately, while the book does a good job in detailing Jay-Z’s business acumen, it falls short of determining whether or not Jay-Z is “a business savant or simply an extraordinary pitchman.”
Check out the Businessweek review, and for a more hip hop-oriented perspective, HipHopDX’s “10 Things We Learned Reading The Jay-Z Book Empire State of Mind.” We think overall, for fans of Jay, and students of hip hop consumerism, it sounds like a worthy read overall, and once we get through it ourselves, we’ll be sure to give our opinion as well.
Or, just cut to the chase and order Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office here.