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Shawn Carter started about as far back as anyone can and made it to the very top, in music, retail and the sports industry, putting his brand on everything he touched, leaving one associate after another behind, while living by the capitalist code in its rawest form: nothing personal - it's all about the business. His life and music tell a story of spectacular success in America today, without apologies. It's not a fairytale - it's a mob flick.
But everything has to be put in context.
Shawn Corey Carter, born in '69, Marcy Houses, planet of Brooklyn (New York and the universe came later). Fourth and last child of Gloria Carter, employed as a clerk; father Adnis Reeves, a preacher's son.
Marcy was a fortress in brick, 27 buildings, six floors each, 4000 people, living to the left of him, right of him, on top and bottom of him - parties and stress, a birthday one day, a shooting the next.
At four, Shawn got on a 10-speed bike, put his foot up, and coasted sitting sideways. The whole block was amazed - "Oh God!"