In the world of hip-hop, Jay-Z’s is it, but his success crosses bridges, genres and business arenas. Forbes recently revealed he was the #2 “Wealthiest Artist” in hip-hop … and his $450 million dollar empire is being documented in a new book by journalist/author Zack O’Malley Greenburg, called Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office.

In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, Greenburg talks about the book, and give a brief history of some of Jay’s most profitable ventures, failures, and how he went from the street corner to the boardroom.

The book is out now, and available through