Hip Hop's Greatest Wish JAY-Z Happy 50th Birthday

Shawn Carter hits a milestone
Jay-Z performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER
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You already know how it began. “Shawn Carter was born December 4th, weighing in at 10 pounds, 8 ounces.” The birth of one of the game’s greatest is well documented on The Black Album, as Gloria Carter detailed the earliest days of the MC on “December 4th.”

“He was the last of my four children. The only one who didn't give me any pain when I gave birth to him. And that's how I knew that he was a special child.”

Here we are, 50 years later, and people from every corner of the world are celebrating the birthday of JAY-Z. Hova hits 50 this year, and the tributes are pouring in, especially from those he has worked with and those that admire his years of next level talent.

"Happy Birthday to my brother HOV!" wrote Diddy on Instagram. "We went from rags to riches. Love from LOVE. We’re just beginning!"

“Happy 50yrs of greatness my brother 1 of 1 non before and non 2 come,” Swizz Beatz captioned a photo of the two together, as DJ Khaled went all caps for the big day. “THANK YOU FOR BEING A INSPIRATION GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP! BROTHERS FOREVER! LUV FOREVER! GOD IS THE GREATEST!”

Check out some of the messages honoring Jay for his 50th birthday below.

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