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Here’s 15 Photos Of A Young Jay-Z That Makes 48 Look Like The New 38

Happy birthday, Hov!

In Jay-Z’s 48 years of life, which he arrived at on Monday (December 4), the Brooklyn-bred rap mogul has stockpiled a lifetime-worth of roles to match his multimillion-dollar net worth from the streets of the Big Apple all the way to Hollywood’s elite.

As one of hip-hop’s biggest record sellers of all time, a label and sports agency founder, a clothing line creator, a streaming service owner, 21-time Grammy winner, a husband and a father of three, Hov’s iconic ascension to global acclaim and recognition is unmatched. We’ve seen nearly every version of Jay that exists.

His humble beginnings as a Marcy projects hustler to a rap spitting force not to be reckoned with has kept Hov on his Ps and Qs all the way into 2017, a revelatory year for him upon the release of 4:44, his 13th studio album and prophetic testament to Black manhood.

To celebrate yet another golden year for Mr. Carter, here are 15 moments from Jay’s pre-mogul days to remind us yet again that black (especially legendary) doesn’t crack.  

  1. And we can't forget the OG lyricism of the early G.O.A.T. days...

  2. And for the true HOV fan in you, see all of the hip-hop golden nuggets from Jay's music catalog with TIDAL’s special video livestream celebrating his birthday

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