Reasonable Doubt was originally titled Heir to the Throne.
When asked his favorite movie during an online chat with fans on AOL, he said it’s a tie between Godfather II and True Romance.
He practiced saying “opium” for an hour to perfect his delivery on Reasonable Doubt‘s “Regrets.”
Sir Paul McCartney knighted him “Sir Hova of Brooklyn” (with a sword) in an unofficial ceremony.
It was Jason Kidd who first suggested Jay-Z’s ownership position with the New Jersey Nets.
He got Trackmasters to produce for him by betting Steve Stoute he could beat him in Madden.
He wanted “Heart of The City” to be the first single forThe Blueprint.
He spoke to Biggie over the phone on the night he was killed
At one point, Memphis Bleek owed him $3 million in losses stemming from a card game.
He falsely told Annie composer Charles Strouse that he won an essay-writing contest and saw Annie on Broadway as a child in order to clear the sample for “Hard Knock Life.”
His father died the same night Jay celebrated the opening of the 40/40 Club.
According to Combat Jack, Jay signed with Payday Records for about $25,000 to $30,000.
His building on 560 State Street also housed Lord Jamar & Tone of Trackmasters.
Biggs called him up to Harlem in the middle of the night and played him Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya” for the first time to “inspire” him.
He was tricked into making Best Of Both Worlds when Tone of Trackmasters told him that R. Kelly wanted to make an album, and at the same time, told R. Kelly that Jay wanted to make an album.
Despite Dame Dash’s insistence, he refused to shoot a video for “People Talking.”
He claims to be cool with Bill Clinton, who frequents his restaurant, The Spotted Pig.
He frequently takes Beyoncé on dinner dates at Lucali’s, a small pizza spot in Brooklyn
Dick Gregory’s Nigger: An Autobiography is one his favorite books.
He once beat Busta Rhymes in a freestyle battle in high school
He got control of most of his masters when he became president of Def Jam.
He once surprised Biggie by sending him Patron and cigars on the red carpet.
He can freestyle and beatbox at the same time.
According to Young Guru, he has about “four or five” albums’ worth of unreleased songs.