As the legend goes, on December 4, 1969, Gloria Carter and Adnes Reeves (who made love under the sycamore tree) brought Shawn Corey Carter into the world. Their lives and the lives of millions around the world would never be the same from that point forward.
From Reasonable Doubt to Magna Carta (well scratch that–maybe Watch The Throne), King Hov has guided us with nearly two decades of timeless music.
Even though, he’s kind of a corny, money-grubbing hipster, whose rapping is on its last legs nowadays, we still got love for the big man and decided to honor his 44th birthday by compiling 44 of his greatest hits.
Here are Jay Z’s 44 best tracks.