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Empire State of Mind is an biography of Shawn Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z. The book starts from his life growing up as a drug dealer on the streets of Brooklyn, all the way to his success as a rapper. (Note that this book was published in 2011, so it just represents the time-line of the artist up until that point).
Rather than focusing on his music talent, the biography mainly follows Jay-Z's financial success, making for an inspiring read that fits quite well into the 'business' genre.
What is also interesting about this particular biography, is it is unauthorized, allowing Greenburg (a Forbes senior editor) to provide a somewhat critical view into the rapper's life, making it stand out from other pop-culture biographies I have read.
A worthwhile read for any Jay-Z fan, or aspiring entrepreneur.