Happy Hov Day: The Best Jay-Z Bars Post 4:44 Album

Happy 49th birthday to the legendary rapper and businessman Jay-Z.

Since first stepping into the hip-hop scene in 1989, the Brooklyn-born rapper has made a profound impact within the culture. 

Now that Jay-Z is well within his golden years, he’s sought to use his influence to empower black people.

It’s been apparent since releasing his album 4:44, Hov has embarked on a reflective journey. One that he uses as inspiration and knowledge within his verses.

So, to celebrate his birthday, let’s take a look at some of Jay-Z’s best empowerment and reflective verses since 4:44:

The Story of O.J

“Financial freedom my only hope / F**ck livin’ dich and dyin’ broke / I bought some artwork for one million / Two years later, that shit worth two million ‘ Few years later, that shit worth eight million / I can’t wait to give this shit to my children / Y’all think it’s bougie, I’m like, it’s fine / But I’m tryin’ to give you a million dollars worth of game for $9.99.”

What’s Free – Meek Mill feat. Jay-Z & Rick Ross

“Look at my hair free, carefree, ni**as ain’t near free / Enjoy your chains, what’s your employer name with the hairpiece? / I survived the hood, can’t no Shaytan rob me / My accountant’s so good, I’m practically livin’ tax-free/ Factory, that’s me / Sold drugs, got away scot-free / That’s a CC, E-Copy / Guilt free, still me.”


“Mama had four kids but she’s a lesbian/ Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian/ Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/ Society shame and the pain was too much to take/ Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/ Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her/ I just wanna see you smile through the hate”’


“Generational wealth, that’s the key/ My parents ain’t have s–t, so that ship started with me/ My mom took her money, she bought me bonds/ That was the sweetest thing of all time, uh”

Erin Ashey Simon is a writer, producer, host and contributor for The Shadow League. Host of Cheddar Esports and Grass Routes Podcast, a former college athlete who passes the time playing flag football. Simon has previous work experience at Cycle Media, REVOLT TV, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Originally from New Jersey, Simon graduated from the University of Kentucky.