50 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JAY-Z

<em>Reasonable Doubt</em> was originally titled <em>Heir to the Throne</em>.

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 <em>Godfather II</em> and <em>True Romance</em>.

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 <em>Reasonable Doubt</em>'s "Regrets."

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.

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.

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 <em>Madden</em>.

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 for <em>The Blueprint</em>.

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.

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.

At one point, Memphis Bleek owed him $3 million in losses stemming from a card game.

He falsely told <em>Annie</em> composer Charles Strouse that he won an essay-writing contest and saw <em>Annie</em> on Broadway as a child in order to clear the sample for "Hard Knock Life."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 <em>Best Of Both Worlds</em> 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.

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."

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 claims to be cool with Bill Clinton, who frequents his restaurant, The Spotted Pig.

He used to carry a gun in an empty VHS box in his hustling days.

He used to carry a gun in an empty VHS box in his hustling days.

When he was 15, he lost a rap contest judged by LL Cool J.

When he was 15, he lost a rap contest judged by LL Cool J.

Years later, he beat LL Cool J in a rap battle.

Years later, he beat LL Cool J in a rap battle.

He dissed DMX on Mic Geronimo's "Time To Build," even though DMX was also featured on the song.

He dissed DMX on Mic Geronimo’s “Time To Build,” even though DMX was also featured on the song.

He personally helped 9th Wonder score placements for Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, and Memphis Bleek.

He personally helped 9th Wonder score placements for Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, and Memphis Bleek

According to Trackmasters, Jay didn't get along with Mya during the making of "Best of Me Part 2" because she was "acting like a spoiled brat."

According to Trackmasters, Jay didn’t get along with Mya during the making of “Best of Me Part 2” because she was “acting like a spoiled brat.”

In the early days of the Roc, Jay and Dame Dash would rent limos and put Rocafella license plates on them.

In the early days of the Roc, Jay and Dame Dash would rent limos and put Rocafella license plates on them.

According to ?uestlove, Jay asked him to do a "real Roots album" when he was president of Def Jam because he didn't want to "look like the guy that destroyed America's rap group."

According to ?uestlove, Jay asked him to do a “real Roots album” when he was president of Def Jam because he didn’t want to “look like the guy that destroyed America’s rap group.”

He helped The Roots clear a Radiohead sample in the 11th hour by personally reaching out to the band.

He helped The Roots clear a Radiohead sample in the 11th hour by personally reaching out to the band.

Mary J. Blige got on "Can't Knock The Hustle" as a favor to Dame Dash, whom she had previously "dated."

Mary J. Blige got on “Can’t Knock The Hustle” as a favor to Dame Dash, whom she had previously “dated.”

"Money Cash Hoes" started out as a joke with Swizz sliding his hand across the keyboard.

“Money Cash Hoes” started out as a joke with Swizz sliding his hand across the keyboard.

Jay stopped answering Swizz Beatz' phone calls during the Roc-A-Fella/Ruff Ryders feud.

Jay stopped answering Swizz Beatz’ phone calls during the Roc-A-Fella/Ruff Ryders feud.

He encouraged No I.D. to go for the Executive Vice President of A&R position at Def Jam.

He encouraged No I.D. to go for the Executive Vice President of A&R position at Def Jam.

When Bono heard comments that Jay-Z publicly made about U2's upcoming project, he went back into the studio to rework the album.

When Bono heard comments that Jay-Z publicly made about U2’s upcoming project, he went back into the studio to rework the album.

Jay-Z almost had his own Jeep Commander line with Chrysler.

Jay-Z almost had his own Jeep Commander line with Chrysler.

Kanye West advised Jay on how to rap over the track that became <em>The Blueprint 3</em> song, "Thank You."

Kanye West advised Jay on how to rap over the track that became The Blueprint 3 song, “Thank You.

.He first started hustling in Trenton, New Jersey—not his native New York City.

He first started hustling in Trenton, New Jersey—not his native New York City.

"Guts" is his card game of choice.

“Guts” is his card game of choice.

He has two sisters, one of whom is reportedly a correctional officer at Rikers Island.

He has two sisters, one of whom is reportedly a correctional officer at Rikers Island.

He jokingly went by the pimp name "Cashmere Jones" during the <em>Reasonable Doubt</em> era.

He jokingly went by the pimp name “Cashmere Jones” during the Reasonable Doubt era.

He says his greatest NYC moment was when he attended a Diana Ross concert in Central Park that was famously rained out.

He says his greatest NYC moment was when he attended a Diana Ross concert in Central Park that was famously rained out.

Smoking weed helped him finish making "Izzo."

Smoking weed helped him finish making “Izzo.”

"Don't You Know" was originally supposed to be a Nas diss record.

“Don’t You Know” was originally supposed to be a Nas diss record.

He chose the scratches on "D'Evils," not DJ Premier.

He chose the scratches on “D’Evils,” not DJ Premier.

Jay-Z simply comes from his childhood nickname "Jazzy," not an homage to Jaz-O or the J/Z subway line at Marcy Avenue.

Jay-Z simply comes from his childhood nickname “Jazzy,” not an homage to Jaz-O or the J/Z subway line at Marcy Avenue.

In the 6th grade, he tested at a 12th grade level.

In the 6th grade, he tested at a 12th grade level.

He frequently takes Beyoncé on dinner dates at Lucali's, a small pizza spot in Brooklyn.

He frequently takes Beyoncé on dinner dates at Lucali’s, a small pizza spot in Brooklyn

Dick Gregory's <em>Nigger: An Autobiography</em> is one his favorite books.

Dick Gregory’s Nigger: An Autobiography is one his favorite books.

He once beat Busta Rhymes in a freestyle battle in high school.

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 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 once surprised Biggie by sending him Patron and cigars on the red carpet.

He can freestyle and beatbox at the same time.

He can freestyle and beatbox at the same time.

According to Young Guru, he has about "four or five" albums' worth of unreleased songs.

According to Young Guru, he has about “four or five” albums’ worth of unreleased songs.

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2 thoughts on “50 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JAY-Z

  1. kathai tyo babu lai kati dukhyo hola ufff ..mero bicahr ma tyo tyo bau na bhayara tyo jiudo las ho .usle afu le balak din ma kati galti gare ko thiyo thiyo tyo sab bhulyo .kaska nani babu le gardainan chak-chak?8/10 barsa ko umer bhane ko nai chak chake umer ho sabai ka bacha le gar6n.galti garyo thikai 6 samjhaunu halka darauna dinu ahile ta galti gare malai pani aba yo chhora le bholi baki rakhdaina bhanne ta yad gardai hola ni.jasari tyo bacha ko jindagi barbad garyo usai gari tyo bacha le pani tyo papi babu lai pani achaina ma rakhna na bhulos ..

  2. This is very very upset sadness for this baby for his idiot, crazy and irlatlide father who thinks that he can save his baby to steal by this action.No, oh crazy father, you put your son that always he remember this misbehave form his fatehr once he will see his finger which stolen by his idiot father.No, Oh fool father, you will be revange in future and you cannot imagine once you child revert against you,Oh dirty mind father, you can use another way than what you make your child handicaped,and tomorrow you need a glass of water for your child and he will show you his hand when you will die. so advice you to be think for another if you have child.one more things that may be you are theaf in your childhood so its effect at your son.I request to all fathers not to give like this punishment that they lost their future.Thanks for all commentators.

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