Jay-Z’s birthday [December 4th] may become a holiday in his home state of New York. This follows a proposed legislation in early December 2023 by some members of the New York City Council.
The legislation was introduced by Council Member Farah Louis and co-sponsored by Combat Jack’s son, Chi Ossé, alongside Kevin C. Riley, Crystal Hudson, and Jennifer Gutiérrez.
According to Hip Hop DX, the resolution was sent to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, and from there filed officially with the City Council. The platform added that it will be taken up by the Council in its 2024 session, which begins on January 3.
“The global phenomenon that is Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is widely known as an artist, mogul, husband and father, wealth builder, and supportive economic development and community causes,” Louis said in the resolution meeting, Hip Hop DX said.
“Both his career and success have spanned decades. The accolades for Mr. Carter are filling museums, magazines, and libraries. TV shows and radio programs clamor to provide content dedicated to his masterful work that has inspired many. December 4th, as Jay-Z Day, announces to the world how this Brooklyn son can be all things including loved by his community.”
“In the spirit of celebrating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, establishing an annual celebration to recognize a homegrown hero while proclaiming our municipal support is fitting to designate,” she noted. “Our resolution is an emotional, practical banner raised. Jay-Z has shown the resilience to beat the odds, self-admitted errors, and has developed mechanisms to create opportunities for others.”
The musician-turned-entrepreneur has a net worth of $2.5 billion, per Forbes estimates.
Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn in 1969, has made a name for himself as one of the best rappers in the world who is unearthing music talents. While still active in music, he ventured into entrepreneurship through the launch of multiple businesses and startup investments.