The Latest entertainment news in the world of music is that Jay Z is a year older today.

Today is  the birthday of the only man in the world who has been alleged be out of his mind to cheat on  his wife, Beyoncé

HOV turns 47 today, and amongst the many birthday gifts he’s likely to receive today, he should consider his biggest one the fact that Beyonce didn’t kick his butt to the curb after his indiscretions.

Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce Knowles, form one of the most powerful couples in the music industry. He has recorded 13 hip-hop records and released more than 100 singles.

He was born and raised in New York and burst on to the music scene in 1996 with his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, which was a critical and commercial success.

In addition to his music career, he also owns a fashion line and a sports entertainment company. He is the recipient of 21 Grammy Awards.

Regardless, it’s a big day for one of music’s biggest names, and it’s incredible to look back on the journey that he’s taken from the housing projects of Brooklyn to becoming one of the most successful men in America.

So, to honor his big day, take a stroll down memory lane, and relive some of the biggest and best moments in the life and career of Jay-Z.

The Black Album, and more
There’s no better way to celebrate Jay-Z’s birthday than putting some of his music on the stereo or headphones. You might start with Watch the Throne, his collaboration with Kanye West, or Everything is Love, the album he recorded with his wife, Beyonce Knowles.

  1. Catch a Nets game
    While Jay-Z had to relinquish his ownership in the Brooklyn Nets in order to become a sports agent, he’s still a big fan. You might catch him near the front row of the Barclays Center arena if you attend a Nets’ game.
  2. Read some Jay-Z
    Jay-Z released his memoir, Decoded, in 2010, which details his rough upbringing in New York and also sheds light on many of the lyrics in his songs. You almost have a look at Empire State of Mind, Zach O’Malley Greenburg’s book about how Jay-Z built his enormously successful business empire.


  1. Rags to riches
    Jay-Z went from the housing projects of Brooklyn, where he grew up, to the corner office of a number of highly successful companies. He’s an inspiration for anyone with aspirations to better his or her circumstances and stands as a role model for how to achieve success.
  2. He’s married to Beyonce
    There’s no denying it. Beyonce is one of the most popular stars of our time, and Jay-Z happens to be her husband. Together, they’re worth nearly $1.2 billion. And last year, they introduced their twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, to the world.
  3. His rap style
    Jay-Z’s rap style is referred to as “flow,” in that it sometimes blurs lines of verse together. His use of entendres is almost legendary, and he is equally adept at rapping fast or slow.


Look below for videos of Jay Z and his  musical career.