The story of Gatsby embodies the self-made man who aspires and succeeds in creating his own destiny. Jay-Z is a modern man similar to Gatsby and it makes sense that he’s the mastermind behind the soundtrack of the film The Great Gatsby. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, overcoming the temptations of the street, he managed to keep pursuing his dream until he reached the top. Once there, he continued, expanding his creative empire from music into fashion and now sports as co-owner of the NBA Nets. In every way, Jay-Z is living the American Dream.


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