Name Droppin’: A History Of Jay-Z’s Obsession With Michael Jordan

Jay-Z has a thing for Michael Jordan. Part adoration, part emulation, Hov’s obsession with the greatest basketball player of all time is well documented in his (imaginary) rhyme book. Sure there are similarities: Pseudo retirements at the top of their respective games, ballin’ on and off the court, wearing 45s and Air Jordans. As MJ approaches his 50th bornday, take a look back at the most humbling name drops from seemingly his greatest rap admirer. –John Kennedy