Happy 40th Birthday Jay Z!
Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay Z
On December 4th, 1969, one of the best rappers was born into this world. Today is Jay Z’s 40th birthday. I imagine he will either enjoy a nice quiet evening with his lovely wife, Beyonce, or party it up at the 40/40 lounge. (I just had to put the play on numbers, get it? Okay never mind) Jay Z has accomplished what many rappers can only dream of when and if they hit that age. I don’t want this to sound like a biography but turning 40 in the Hip Hop world will only bring on new ventures for Jay Z. Check me out after the jump
If we take a look at all the success that Jay Z has had we can come up with a list that includes being a co-owner of the New Jersey Nets (Still win-less by the way), co-owner of his own lounge, Rocawear clothing line, the Roc-A-Fella records, Roc Nation, and more. The list can go on and on. And he’s only 40. But in Hip Hop years, he’s old! I compare it to athletes. When athletes hit their late 30s it’s time to start thinking of other ventures and careers to get into. It was sad to see Michael Jordan retire twice. It was sad to see Brett Favre retire, come back, and then pretend to retire then come back again. Jay Z has already had done one of these, “I’m leaving” stories only to come back for the love of rap.
Yes he’s 40. But I think the road only begins here. Yes, his rap enemies will constantly call out his age, telling him to give up, and that he’s losing it, and he can’t connect with the generation that listens to that kind of music. But his enemies also know that he’s a walking legend. With all those achievements what do you think life after 40 will be like for Jay Z? I can imagine that he will have to look in the mirror within the next decade and give it up. But will he start to DJ at local clubs in NYC? Will he become a radio personality with his best friend Angie Martinez? Let us know and while you do take some time to listen to Jay Z’s December 4th. “If you can’t respect that your whole perspective is wack maybe you’ll love me when i fade to black”