On October 27, 2005, Jay-Z headlined New York's Power 105.1 annual concert, Powerhouse.

The two former rivals shook hands and shared the stage together to perform Jay-Z's "Dead presidents" blended with Nas's song "The World is Yours".

Jay-Z's comeback single, "Show Me What You Got", was leaked on the Internet in early October 2006, scheduled to be released later on that month, received heavy air-play after its leak, causing the FBI to step in and investigate.

As he had previously "declared war" on other artists taking lyrical shots at him at other events, many believed that the Powerhouse show would represent an all-out assault by Jay-Z upon his rivals.

The theme of the concert was Jay-Z's position as President and CEO of Def Jam, complete with an on-stage mock-up of the Oval Office.

He then attended the nearby George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with future rappers The Notorious B. According to his mother, Carter used to wake up his siblings at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table.

She bought him a boom box for his birthday, sparking his interest in music. although Kane explains that he didn't fill the traditional hype man role, and was instead "basically ma[king] cameo appearances on stage.

Jay-Z reported on MTV that Mark Pitts had settled the feud between him and Nas.

On September 11, 2001, hours before the September 11 attacks, Jay-Z released his sixth studio album, The Blueprint, which received a coveted 5 mic review from hip-hop magazine The Source.

Jay-Z claims in his lyrics that in 1982 at age 12, he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry.