The rap mogul turns 42 today!

Charli Penn
Dec, 04, 2011

You know you’re big time when your birthday is already a worldwide trending topic on Twitter and it’s only 4am. Rap mogul Jay-Z turns 42 today and “Happy Birthday Jay Z” messages are flooding the web.

Affectionately known as “Hov” to fans, on this special day, the rapper and businessman has many successes to celebrate. The Brooklyn-born emcee worked his way up from street hustler to rap mogul with a steady stream of hits and smart business decisions, eventually becoming one of the most respected people in entertainment.

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His rock solid marriage to megastar Beyonce is a constant reminder of the power and beauty of Black love. Help us wish Jay a very happy birthday!

Which Jay-Z songs are you pumping through your speakers today?

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