Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z has managed to shatter another glass ceiling the only way “Jigga” can. He alluded to this milestone in his “A Billi” freestyle, over Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” instrumental:
“A billi, A billi, A billi A billionaire
Call me Philli Collins, I feel a billion is in the air
I affiliate, with Billy Gates, that’s my peer”
The Jigga Man has cashed in with his many business ventures in fashion, sports management, a premier streaming music platform, art collection, a huge stake in Uber alongside his wife Beyonce, and his lucrative multi-million dollar deal with LiveNation to become Hip-Hop’s first Billionaire.
It was a spectacle when Dr. Dre announced that he was Hip-Hop’s first billionaire, citing his “Beats by Dre” deal back in 2014. But in the word of Jay-Z: “Men lie, Women lie, Numbers don’t.” It was revealed later that the deal itself was for 1.1 billion, which would put the West Coast Doctor just below the mark after Uncle Sam and everyone else gets their cut.
Since his solo debut with the classic “Reasonable Doubt”, it was apparent that Jay-Z was well on his way to riches. Growing up in the Marcy housing projects, he would go on to create lyrical imagery and magic that the culture could not live without. From “The Blueprint” series, co-founding the legendary rap label, Roc-a-Fella Records, to his collaborations with Linkin Park, to becoming at one time President of Def Jam Records. Jay has not stopped moving in pushing the culture to the next level while nurturing the future with his efforts with assisting Meek Mill and 21 Savage.
Jay has not stopped moving in pushing the culture to the next level while nurturing the future with his efforts with assisting Meek Mill and 21 Savage.
“I’d rather die enormous than live dormant that’s how we on it.” – Jay-Z