Who are Jay-Z parents? Everything about his father and mother

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Jay-Z is literally an open book when it comes to his family life. The American rapper is married to multiple award-winning singer Beyonce, and the superstar couple is blessed with three children.

The power couple’s children are Rumi and Sir Carter (twins who were born in 2017) and their elder sibling Blue Ivy (who was born in 2012).

As private as Jay Z wants his family life to be, they are almost always in the news, but how much do you know about the rapper’s parents and what they’re doing currently?


Who are Jay-Z parents?

The rapper was born in Brooklyn in New York to Adnis Reeves (father) and Gloria Carter (mother). Jay-Z’s parents raised him and his three siblings in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighbourhood.

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Who is Jay-Z’s father?

Adnis Reeves – the father of Jay-Z – has a very controversial story in the rapper’s life. Reeves is said to have abandoned his family, leaving his wife to cater for their children all alone.

He, however, reconnected with Jay-Z when the latter became a superstar, but their reconciliation didn’t last as Reeves passed away in 2003.


Reeves is said to have been driven crazy by the Police’s failure to catch the killers of his brother, who was murdered outside a Brooklyn club by unknown assailants in the late 1970s. This led him into drinking, which eventually destabilised his marriage. Unfortunately for Reeves, he died just three months after reconciling with Jay-Z, whom he had abandoned at age 11.

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Who is Jay-Z’s mother?

Gloria Carter has been the backbone of Jay-Z and her other kids despite her humble beginnings as a clerk at an investment firm. When her husband abandoned the family, she singlehandedly ensured her four kids were well catered for.

She also supported Jay-Z’s music career from day one after buying him a boombox for his birthday, which stimulated her son’s interest in music, and he subsequently took to freestyling and writing songs.

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Gloria is the President of Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation, which aims to help less-privileged individuals to further their education.

What is Jay-Z parents nationality and ethnicity?

Gloria Carter is an American who hails from the East Coast of the United States, while Adnis Reeves was also an American, with his ethnicity being All-American.

Are Jay-Z parents still alive?

Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter is still alive, but his father Adnis Reeves passed away in 2003.


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