Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, turns 51 today. With a career spanning almost three decades, the Brooklyn rapper’s influence in one of the most popular music genres in the world can never be overestimated.
A towering presence in rap, Jigga has influenced countless mainstream rappers over the years, and he’s regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
With a host of numerous and uncountable accomplishments, Hov, as he’s also known, is one of the world’s best-selling music artistes with over 100 million records sold. Alongside Kanye West, he also holds the record for the most Grammys won by a rapper, and he became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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To celebrate his birthday, Face2Face Africa shares with you 15 of his greatest hits. Take a look at them in no particular order.
Brooklyn’s Finest feat. The Notorious B.I.G.
Girls, Girls, Girls
Money, Cash, Hoes feat. DMX
Public Service Announcement
I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
Dead Presidents II
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
Big Pimpin’ feat. UGK
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Excuse me Miss feat. Pharrell Williams