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

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

Happy birthday, Hov!

Published December 4, 2017

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.  

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  4. And we can't forget the OG lyricism of the early G.O.A.T. days...
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  6. 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

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


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