Happy Birthday Jay-Z!


Just the other day we celebrated the birthday of the one and only Britney Spears, and by the end of the countdown (and the comments that followed), I found myself on YouTube listening to my first ever full album Britney stream. Shouts-out to all of you PITNBRS who recommended In The Zone… I honestly loved it like cray. Today, though, I return to my roots, lol. It’s Jay-Z’s birthday!!! Which means we have a jam session of a slightly different (but equally amazing, I promise) order going down inside!

Jigga man is turning 43 and I have absolutely no problem naming 43 ways in which his existence changed my life. But I’m gonna stop at, like, 30 ways… hopefully he’s okay with that. Let’s get to it!

1. Well, we have to start with this one. Plus this is how I found out that we both have Moms named Gloria. Sweetness:


2. This amazing documentary about how he bought the Barclays Center. And performed in it. Because he can buy the places in which he performs:


3. This picture of him, which proves that he’s really a dork, and his wife knows it better than anyone:


4. This video of him performing with Pearl Jam, which proves that he is absolutely NOT a dork:


5. The actual 99 Problems video, which further negates any dorky-ness previously addressed (no, seriously his second verse is one of the best things ever in life):


6. Oh, wait. Have you officially met his wife? Okay, ’cause here she is:


7. He also has a daughter. Her face is kind of a big deal:


8. He introduced me to the man I would go on to claim as my husband from 1998-2001 (yes, DMX has since… uh… fallen off… but he will always be my *favorite* rapper, even if Jay is the greatest). Unfortunately YouTube isn’t allowed to have the original version of this song. It’s so good, it’s ILLEGAL:


9. So, I’ve always loved this song. But, since I didn’t grow up with cable, I’m just now seeing this video. Agh!


10. Lest we forget what things were like when he and his wife were just um… dating:


You better click over for more. The Can I Get A video may or may not be on the next page…

  • kt

    Loooove this post!! He is my #1! Also I could NOT be more jealous of your hug moment! Happy Birthday Jay!!!!

    (apologize for my excessive exclamation marks lol)

    • Shannon

      kt, So glad you liked the post. The day I met Jay (I call him Jay, usually… lmao), it was such a random day and such a random moment in my life– it can happen to you too!

  • Erica Croce

    You hugged Jay?! Now I’m jealous.

    And I know it’s been said but…I’m glad to see the hip hop love on PITNB. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who randomly thought about the date today, remembered December 4th (such a good song – did you know they tricked his Mom into recording her part?) and realized it was Mr. Carter’s birthday.

    • Shannon

      Erica Croce– Oh man! Thanks for the fun fact about December 4th– I never knew that! Hot 97 was playing allll his old stuff today when I went to drop off my son at school and I was like I HAVE to do a post… and I HAVE to find a way to work in my Jay-Z story so Erica can be jealous, LMAO :)

  • Maanami Matthews

    Oh Shannon, your posts me me smile every time i read them! Especially your love of Jay-Z, because i’m right there with you!! I could have joined you with a few more on this, but yea you can save some for a next year :-)

    • Shannon

      Maanami Matthews, it kiiiilllls me to have such an incomplete list of his awesomeness, but I lit’rally would have been working on this all night. Make sure you watch that documentary (#2)– you will love it!

      So glad you’re enjoying the post!

  • Dezden

    Take those sunglasses off, girl!!! I love it.

    • Shannon

      Dezden, LMAO! OMG– you sound JUST like him!

  • Ruby

    He is a really strange looking person.

    • Shannon

      Ruby, LOL… see number 20.

    • Ruby

      Haaha okay so I just clicked through to see it. I don’t just find it ‘debatable’ – I’m all out noooo on him being sexy. Yuck yuck yuck haha.