A Look Back at Jay-Z’s Career Highlights Up Through ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

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By: / July 9, 2013

Ever wonder how Jay-Z became a rap legend?

VIBE takes a look at some of Jigga man’s career highlights up through the release of his recent 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. From selling his music from the trunk of his car — something he raps about on ‘Nigga Please’ — and forming Roc-A-Fella Records when no one else would sign him, Jigga always went the extra mile to get what he wanted. His seminal The Blueprint introduced the world to an unknown Kanye West, he unplugged for a beautiful acoustic LP with the Roots and Erykah Badu, and then took a detour to mash rap and rock with Linkin Park on Collision Course. That’s only the half of it.

When he wasn’t busy marrying Beyonce or heading Def Jam or repping the Brooklyn Nets or signing players to his sports management company Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z was signing, sealing and pushing the hip-hop envelope. Trick question? What do you do when emailing replaces envelopes? You sign a huge deal with Samsung that let’s one million of your fans download your next album for free via an app.