Celebrity Birthdays: Our Top 5 Jay-Z Hits!

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There are few greater success stories than how a young man from the Marcy Houses, housing project in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood grew up to be a successful entertainer and entrepreneur with a net worth of billions.

Today Jay-Z turns 42. Undoubtedly one of the most successful rappers of all time, the BK native is the recipient of fourteen Grammy Awards. His albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001) are ranked in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

A skilled businessman, Mr. Carter co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part-owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, is the creator of the urban clothing line Rocawear. He is also the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the originator of Roc Nation.

With a slew of platinum records and hit singles it’s nearly impossible to select a Jay-Z favorite, but we did our best. Check out our Top 5 Jay-Z singles!

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#5 “Who You Wit”

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You can’t even think about listing Jay-Z’s hottest without including a classic. “Who You Wit” was released in 1997 and appears on Jay-Z’s second album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1.

#4 “Song Cry”

A departure from heavier hitting club bangers, “Song Cry” is a melodic ballad about lost love. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Rap Solo Performance and is the fourth single from Jay-Z’s sixth studio album The Blueprint.

#3 “Empire State of Mind”

This ultimate Big Apple anthem features the vocals of R&B star and fellow NYC native, Alicia Keys. Along with being nominated for three Grammy Awards, “Empire State of Mind” was also included in several critically acclaimed top 10 lists for 2009; including Rolling Stone magazine and the New York Times. The song received two Grammys; Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

#2 “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”

This jam is the most commercially successful Jay-Z single to date. Achieving critical success in and outside of the States,  “Hard Knock Life ” was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards.

#1:99 Problems”

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The third single from The Black Album, “99 Problems” reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and is our favorite Jay-Z hit!

Did we miss your favorite? Leave a comment below.

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