It’s Official: Jay-Z Is Hip Hop’s First Billionaire

Hov already warned us back in 2008 when he rapped, “When I wear Billionaire Boys Club, it’s more than gear.”

Indeed, Jay-Z is hip hop’s first-ever billionaire, according to Forbes, which tracks this sort of thing.

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The publication credits the rapper’s businesses in spirits, D’Ussé and Armand de Brignac; his streaming service, Tidal; art collections; real estate, thanks to his homes in Los Angeles and New York’s Hamptons and Tribeca neighborhoods; his record label, Roc Nation; cash investments; and music catalog to getting him over the billionaire line.

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“It’s bigger than hip-hop,” producer Swizz Beatz told Forbes about his friend. “It’s the blueprint for our culture. A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us.”

We guess when Jay-Z said, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” he meant it.

Congrats Jay!


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