By Josephine Cusumano
Updated Dec 04, 2013 @ 11:29 am
Jay Z
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Happy 44th Birthday Jay Z! Ever since the rapper entered into the music scene at age 27 with the release of his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, he has evolved into one of Forbes' most powerful celebrities to date. Throughout his 17-year-career, Jay Z has earned 52 Grammy nominations and took home 17 of them, and has landed in numerous Forbes list including the highest-earning celebrity couples with wife Beyonce. Many consider Jay Z as an entrepreneur, investor, designer, and sports agent, but his most important role is being a doting father to one-year-old Blue Ivy. Now as if Jay Z didn't do enough, just in 2013 alone, he released his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, kicked off the Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour alongside Justin Timberlake and his Magna Carta World Tour, and recently collaborated with Barneys New York to create an exclusive holiday collection now available at Barneys flagship stores and We can't wait to see what the renowned rapper has in store for us in 2014!

Plus, see Jay Z and Beyonce's best on-stage moments ever!