Happy Borndate Shawn Carter

Fourty years ago today, Gloria Carter gave birth to Shawn, the last of her four children.  From the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn hustling to the heights of hip hop, Shawn Carter's story has become a modern day vision of the American Dream.  No other rapper has been as popular for as long as Jay-Z.  He's the only rapper who's been able to remain relevant this late in his career, something remarkable in a genre quick to push people out the door.  The man has cast his shadow on the game following the deaths of Biggie and Pac and few would dare argue his place amoung the greatest of all time.  To celebrate the big 4-0, I've linked two of my Jay favorite songs, "December 4th," the first song off of The Black Album (the only person I've heard come close to Hov on this beat has been Bobby Creekwater) and "Can I Live," one of the best tracks off of one of the greatest albums of all time.

I'd rather die enormous than live dormant, that's how we on it.

Peace, Love, & Hip Hop,
Notorious Noah

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