The Best Jay Z Lines That We Love [Video]

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Happy Birthday Jay Z! The media mogul, loving husband, and father; has been changing the way men, celebrities, and families are viewed in the hip-hop community. He grew up with nothing, "raised in the projects with roaches and rats, smokers out back selling they momma's sofa" defied odds and turned himself into into a business, "I'm not a business man, I'm a business, man."

A feat that has forever changed the success lineage of a rapper from the hood. After getting his ducks in order career-wise he focused on the intangibles in life and made his priority his wife and family. Teaching young men that life's about getting "the hottest chick in the game" in their eyes and putting a ring on it. He finally reached nirvana with the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy almost two years ago aka his "greatest creation" and we can say he's officially living the American Dream. On his 44th birthday, while he makes spiritual and dietary changes, we're celebrating his life of as a business and family man by quoting our favorite Jay Z lines.

Jump the page to see which lines made the cut!

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"Your last shit ain't better than my first shit. Your best shit ain't better than my worst shit"

Song: Versus

"Yeah I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong. You made it a hotline, I made it a hot song"

"We don't believe you, you need more people"

Song: Takeover

"Flyer than a piece of paper bearer my name. I got the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain"

Song: Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.) 

"I'm an outlaw, gotta outlaw chick. Bumping 2pac on my outlaw shit. Matching tatts, this ink don't come off. Even if rings come off, if things ring off"

Song: Part II (On The Run)

"I got this African chick with Eddie Murphy on her skull, She like, 'Jigga Man, why you treat me like animal?' I'm like excuse me Ms. Fufu, but when I met your ass, you was dead broke and naked, and now you want half"

Song: Girls, Girls, Girls

“Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week”

"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man. Let me handle my business, damn"

Song: Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)

"They say you can't turn a bad girl good but once a good girls gone, she's gone forever"

Song: Song Cry

"I'm so far ahead of my time, I'm bout to start another life. Look behind you, I'm about to pass you twice"

“They say a midget standing on a giant's shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am”

Song: Hovi Baby

"I've got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one"

Song: 99 Problems

“If everyone body in your clique is rich, your click is rugged. Nobody will fall cause everyone will be each others crutches”

Song: Feelin It

"I will not lose, for even in defeat, there's a valuable lesson learned, so it's evens up for me"

Song: Blueprint 2

"Conspiracy theorist screaming illuminati, they can't believe this much skill is in the human body."

Song: Heaven

“You can pay for school but you can't buy class!”

Song: Swagger Like Us

"M.J. at Summer Jam, Obama on the text. Y'all should be afraid of what I'm gon' do next"

“I don't know what they do. I don't get dropped. I drop the label”

Song: On to the Next One

"Was clappin' them flamers before I became famous, for playing me y'all shall forever remain nameless"

Song: U Don't Know

"Girl why you never ready, for as long as you took you better look like halle Berry. Or Beyonceeee, then we getting married"

"I bring sand to the beach cause my beach is better"

Song: Beach is Better

Jay-Z - American Dreamin by plb12

Ain't nothing wrong with the aim, just gotta change the target"

Song: American Dreamin'

"The problem is, you dudes treat the one that you loving with the same respect that you treat the one that you humping. That ain't bout nothing, if ever you mad about something, it won't be that oh no it won't be that"

Song: Bonnie and Clyde '03

“When i wear "Billionaire Boys Club" is more than gear. I don't wear it 'cause Pharrell, I wear it 'cause i'm fo' real”

Song: A Billi (A Milli Remix)

"Photoshoot fresh, looking like wealth, I'm bout to call the paparazzi on myself"

Song: Otis

"I'm from Apple, which means I'm a Mac. She a PC, she lives in my lap"

"Thought shorty was the truth, found out she was a cheater. We were supposed to Takeover, I caught her bumping Ether. I thought shorty liked Mike, found out she liked Prince. Thought she was Adrian, it's been rocky ever since"

Song: Venus vs. Mars

"I father, I Brooklyn Dodger them. I Jack, I Rob, I Sin. Aww man, I'm Jackie Robinson, except when I run the base, I dodge the pen"

Song: Brooklyn (We Go Hard)

"I rather die enormous than live dormant"

Song: Can I Live

"If it ain't directed directly at me, I don't respect it"

Song: Dear Summer

"Got one chef, one maid, all I need is a partner, To play spades with the cards up, ALL TRUST"

She gets a glimpse of Shawn and she likes that, he 2-ways her, so she writes back. Smiley faces after all of her phrases, either she the one or I'm caught in "The Matrix". But fukkit, let the Fish-burne, red or green pill, you live and you learn"

Song: Excuse Me Miss

"Nobody built like you, you designed yourself"

Song: A Dream

“Sleeping every night next to Mona Lisa the modern day version with better features. Yellow Basquiat in my kitchen corner go ahead lean on that shit Blue, you own it”

Song: Holy Grail

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