Jay Z Has Officially Dropped The Hyphen From His Name


Yesterday we celebrated some of the best, politically-charged songs of the 2000s, and we started with Jay-Z’s unforgettable track, 99 Problems. Excuse me– Jay Z’s unforgettable track 99 Problems. Because, apparently, Shawn Corey Carter has decided to officially dropped the hyphen from his rap moniker. The change took place a few years back, but an official announcement was made on Twitter about the issue, and now I feel it is my duty to let y’all know that the artist formerly known as Jay-Z, is now Jay Z. This is huge… LOL. Click inside for more!

Complex has the story:

Breaking news: We’ve all been doing it wrong. Billboard editor Joe Levy reported last night, citing label sources, that Jay-Z has officially dropped the hyphen from his name.

We reached out to Jay’s publicist, Jana Fleishman, for a statement. She responded: “Dude..We haven’t used the hyphen since 2010..”

This totally slipped under our radar. Even on iTunes, in the liner notes for Watch the Throne, and in promotion of Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay’s name has changed.

LOL, here’s the official tweet from the Billboard editor:


Complex also pointed out that Throwback Jay Z (circa 1996) also used an umlaut above the ‘Y’ in his name. Remember this? LOL:


Well, it looks like Jigga’s been going for a cleaner look over the years, and I’m fine with that. In fact, as long as he keeps popping up looking all adorable and Super Dad-ish with his mini-me/daughter in public locations he can absolutely do whatever he wants in life. Jaÿ-Z, Jay-Z, or Jay Z– I love ‘em all!


  • Hear ye, Hear ye … the official tag for Shawn Corey ‘Jay Z’ Carter has officially been updated to reflect this change.

    • Shannon

      Trent, LOL! Thanks boo. It is now Official.

  • Megan

    I love the publicist response lol. That’s so 2010!