The Evolution of Jay Z

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Coming of Age

Jay came into the game under the wing of fellow Marcy rapper Jaz-O, making an appearance on his 1989 single "Hawaiian Sophie." But he stepped to a higher level of mentor when he linked with Big Daddy Kane, who took a young Hov on tour and featured him on his 1994 cut "Show and Prove."

(Photos from left: David Corio/Redferns, Ron Wolfson /Landov)

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