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30 Reasons to Love Jay-Z

From Inspiring Hip-Hop Narratives to Celeb Baby Blogs

— September 7, 2012 — Fashion
It's difficult for any musician, nonetheless a rapper, to stay relevant for as long as Jay-Z has. Whether you've been with the Jigga man since his Reasonable Doubt days (his first album released in 1996), or just hopped on the Roc bandwagon after the release of his collaborative album with Kanye entitled Watch the Throne, there are many, many reasons to love Jay-Z.

When his career started, Jay-Z -- known back then as Shawn Carter -- was just another young man trying to use music as a way to escape the poverty of his surroundings -- at the time, the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, NY. Fast forward almost two decades, 16 albums, one high-profile marriage and a new-born daughter later, and Jigga is one of the most successful musicians pop culture has ever seen. Here's to the next two decades of Jay-Z's reign as rap king.
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Bookworm Rap Battles
Bookworm Rap Battles
‘B*tches in Bookshops' Parody Based on Jay Z and Kanye West's Hit
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Rich Rock Star Infographics
Rich Rock Star Infographics
This Chart Provides a Look into the Lives of the Wealthiest Rockstars
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Unexpected Hip-Hop Crossovers
Unexpected Hip-Hop Crossovers
The Katy Perry 'Ni**as in Paris' Cover is Odd for the Pop Star
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Incredible Mogul Marketing
Incredible Mogul Marketing
The Jay-Z 'Decoded' Case Study Analyzes the Genius Advertising Campaign
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Rapper-Endorsed Chargers
Rapper-Endorsed Chargers
Jay-Z Appears in Duracell Powermat 24-Hour Power System Commercial
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Celebrity Baby Blogs
Celebrity Baby Blogs
The Newly Launched Mariah Carey Nick Cannon DemBabies Website is Cute
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Rapper Search Engine Games
Rapper Search Engine Games
The Decode Jay-Z Game Tests a Player's Knowledge of Hova with Bing
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Hilarious Hip-Hop Tees
Hilarious Hip-Hop Tees
Get Bizzi Clothing Gives MCs a Stylish Comic Makeover
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Literary Hova Hunts
Literary Hova Hunts
Hidden Messages are Placed for the Release of Jay-Z 'Decoded'
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Inspiring Hip-Hop Narratives
Inspiring Hip-Hop Narratives
Jay-Z 'Rap is Poetry' Provides an Enlightening Insight to Music
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Colossal Hip Hop Collabs
Colossal Hip Hop Collabs
The Blakroc 2 Trailer Previews a Legendary Roster of Rappers
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New Model for Music Sales
New Model for Music Sales
Jay-Z & Live Nation's Roc Nation
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Destroyed Vehicle Auctions
Destroyed Vehicle Auctions
Jay-Z and Kanye Sell the 'Otis' Maybach 57 to the Highest Bidder
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Hip-Hop Studio Narratives
Hip-Hop Studio Narratives
The Watch The Thrones Documentary Gives Fans a Sneak Peek
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Celeb Mosaic Artwork
Celeb Mosaic Artwork
The Deviantart Keyboard Key Portraits are Awesome
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Hip-Hop Director Retrospectives
Hip-Hop Director Retrospectives
The History of Hype Looks Back at the Work of a Legend
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Hip Hop Hometown Maps
Hip Hop Hometown Maps
The New York City Rap Artist Infographic Depicts Rap Heritage
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Epic Epileptic Concert Videos
Epic Epileptic Concert Videos
Jay-Z and Kanye West Have Dropped the N****s in Paris Video
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Iconic Rapper Playing Cards
Iconic Rapper Playing Cards
Mynority Classics Playing Cards Immortalize Fathers of Hip-Hop
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Hip-Hop Studio Memoirs
Hip-Hop Studio Memoirs
'Watch the Throne' Session Photos Get Fans Amped up for the Album
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Speculative Superstar Troubles
Speculative Superstar Troubles
The 'Jay-Z and Beyonce Worry About Kanye' Tumblr is Hilarious
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Epic Rap Duo Vids
Epic Rap Duo Vids
The Jay-Z Kanye West Otis Video Captures the American Spirit on Fire
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Rap Remix Blogs
Rap Remix Blogs
The Hip-Hop Humor Tumblr Fuses Everyday Objects with Music Icons
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Dynamic Rap Duo Depictions
Dynamic Rap Duo Depictions
The Watch the Throne by Tommy Ton Photos are Extraordinary
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Designer Muse Portraits
Designer Muse Portraits
Riccardo Tisci is Joined by Kanye West in Vogue US March 2012
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Grayscale Hip-Hop Portraiture
Grayscale Hip-Hop Portraiture
Strassenkoeter Pays Homage to Iconic MCs with Incredible Artworks
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Hip-Hop Collaboration Kicks
Hip-Hop Collaboration Kicks
The Reebok Kamikaze III Mid Sneakers Get a Co-Sign From Swizz Beatz
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Rapper Tack Renderings
Rapper Tack Renderings
The Andre Woolery Push Pin Art is Prickly Portraiture
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Celeb Personal Photo Blogs
Celeb Personal Photo Blogs
The Beyonce Tumblr Reveals a Ton of Intimate Images
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Hip-Hop Tour Snapbacks
Hip-Hop Tour Snapbacks
The New Era Black Yankees Snakeskin Hat Pays Tribute to Watch The Throne
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