45 Jay Z Songs That Prove You're a Stan
Happy Birthday Jay Z!
The rapper, turned entrepreneur that evolved into a mogul and family man turns 45 today. While I'm pretty sure Beyonce thinking of ways to cater to her man and blow him away with birthday presents (like buy him a planet), our budgets nor relationship will allow us to do either of those, so we're going to praise him.
With an almost 20 year career, 13 No. 1 albums, over 75 million records, 19 Grammys, and tours that'll go down in the history books, it'll be foolish not to acknowledge one of the G.O.A.Ts. So on his day we're taking it back to the Jay Z songs that took him out of Marcy Projects and turned him from a into a business man. From his most respected album of all times (as well as his debut) Reasonable Doubt, to his most recent and market-savvy release, Magna Carter Holy Grail.
As we blow away 45 candles on his virtual cake, count down our favorite Jay Z songs that prove (whether you admit it or not) you're undeniably a fan of Hov.
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"Can't Knock The Hustle" ft. Mary J. Blige
"Big Pimpin" Ft. UGK
“Excuse Me Miss” Ft. Pharrell
"Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love)"
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)"[/videoembed]
"03 Bonnie & Clyde" Ft. Beyonce
"Public Service Announcement (Interlude)"
"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)" Ft. Amil and Jaz-O[/videoembed][/videoembed][/videoembed]
“Show Me What You Got”
"Run This Town" Ft. Kanye West and Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind" Ft. Alicia Keys
"Change Clothes" Ft. Pharrell
"Niggas in Paris"
“FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” Ft. Rick Ross
"Dirt Off Your Shoulder
"On The Run (Part II)"
"Venus Vs. Mars"[/videoembed]
"On to the Next One" Ft. Swizz Beatz
"Brooklyn (Go Hard)" Ft. Santigold
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"Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…"
"Hard Knock Life"
"Lost Ones" Ft. Chrisette Michele
"Beach is Better"
"D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune")
"No Church in the Wild"
"Oceans" Ft. Frank Ocean
"What More Can I Say"
"A Star is Born" Ft. J Cole