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Posted by Brian

JAY-Z will celebrate his 40th birthday in style on Friday (04Dec09) – with a U.S. number one single, the queen of the Grammy nominations as his wife and a reputation as one of the key cultural figures in the world.

The rapper, who scored a third week at number one with New York anthem Empire State of Mind on Thursday (03Dec09), is now one of the coolest 40-somethings on the planet and, as he celebrates his birthday with his stunning wife Beyonce, WENN would like to wish him the very best. WENN trawled through the archives and dug out 12 fascinating facts about Shawn Carter:

- Born to Gloria Carter and Adnes Reeves on 4 December, 1969, Jay-Z is the youngest of four children. – He went to the same high school as the late Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.

- He began his music career as part of a local New York rap group called Original Flavor; he joined the crew with his childhood friend Jaz-O. – He claims to be able to count the number of women he has slept with on one hand. – Jay-Z wed his longtime love Beyonce on 4 April, 2008 in New York.

- He became the first non-athlete to have his own line of sneakers when he launched the S. Carter Collection in partnership with Reebok in 2005. – While serving as president of Def Jam from 2004 to 2007, Jay-Z successfully launched the careers of Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Kanye West and Young Jeezy. His four proteges have all gone on to earn multiple Grammy nominations; the only one who’s yet to win the prestigious prize is Jeezy.

- He became part-owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team in 2005 after paying a whopping $4.5 million (£2.81 million) for his share. He plans to move the NBA team from their current home in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to his native Brooklyn, New York by 2011.

- Jay-Z partnered with Budweiser in 2006 to serve as a brand director and oversee their TV and print campaigns.

- Jay-Z holds the record for the most number one albums in Billboard 200 chart history with 11. He surpassed Elvis Presley’s tally of 10 when The Blueprint 3 hit the top of the countdown in September (09). The only other artists who can boast the same accolade are the Beatles, who also have 11.

- Jay-Z has been nominated for an impressive 35 Grammy Awards in his career to date and has claimed eight. He has five Grammy nods for the January (10) awards.

- He is one of the big name producers behind new Broadway musical Fela!, joining forces with Hollywood couple Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. The musical celebrates the work of late Nigerian star Fela Kuti.

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12 comments...What do you think?

  1. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by Brian 5th December, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Sure they will celebrate real well!

  2. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by Sweat 24th December, 2009 at 11:48 am

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  4. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by stag parties 28th June, 2010 at 2:53 am

    *sigh* here we go again on this age limit bullshit. How in the fuck can we rap about No Ceilings and The Sky’s The Limit when niggas keep putting limits and restrictions on hip hop? We’re the only genre of music on that age bullshit. U2, Stevie Wonder, Prince, etc. was still putting out Grammy worthy music after 40. *end of rant*

  5. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by stag parties 5th July, 2010 at 1:20 am

    The excruciating wait for Dr. Dre’s Detox just got a little longer. To say the album is “long-awaited” would be an understatement, but the producer is in no rush to appease his fans. In an interview with MTV News, Dre said that he is hoping to collaborate with Jay-Z on the album.

  6. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by stag parties 14th July, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Happy B-day, I think this is the end of jigga just aint right to rap when your 40 and your rich.Time for Jay-Z to find another lane.

  7. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by aromatherapy soap 20th August, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Lol, nice. Grats on another birthday, with hopefully many more to come!

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  9. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by Brian 5th December, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Jay-Z is lucky to be be with a wife 12 years younger.

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  11. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by Judah 17th March, 2011 at 11:32 am

    It’s business. The smartest thing that jay could have done was marry a woman who could match him dollar for dollar.

  12. 4Avatars v0.3.1Posted by mas raden 1st April, 2011 at 11:09 am

    happy bday jay z . . good bless you .. you are my favorite rapper , ,