Happy Birthday Jay-Z!


OMG. I wanted to stop at 30… because I’m exhausted… and I want this to go up before his actual birthday ends, but I didn’t even get to talk about THIS song!!! This was one of those moments when I was like. Wait. How do I still love Jay-Z after all these years? How?! How does he keep doing it?!?!


And then there was the time I was like Is he legit addressing his Daddy issues on wax with Beanie Sigel?


And then a few years later I was like, wait?!?! Did they come back a few years later to re-address their Daddy issues?!?!


And remember how he made jerseys a THING?! And then negated that whole THING a few years later?!?!


Aghhh! He makes the best songs with Pharrell!!!


Okay. That’s it. I’m gonna be here all night. Happy birthday Jay. Wait. Wait… here’s one more for the road:

Wait. One more. I listen to this one every morning:


P.S. Did I mention that I met Jay-Z at a Def Jam party years ago? And that I went to shake his hands and he asked me to take off my sunglasses first? And then he refused to shake my hand because he’s a HUGGER?! And then he proceeded to HUG ME?! Did I mention that? Okay. Yeah. I’m fine. Happy Birthday Jay.

  • 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.