How to Celebrate Jay-Z’s 40th Birthday

Can I get a “Happy Birthday!” to Jay-Z? The man you told you in 96 that he’d come to take this shit (and he did!) is now 40 years-old. Awh! As anybody who listened to The Black Album more than twice knows, December 4th is the day Gloria Carter gave birth to Shawn Carter, who was born weighing in at ten pounds, eight ounces. He was the last of her four children, and he learned how to ride a bike and listen to music and was special, because he became Jay-Z. Yay! What can you do to celebrate Hov’s ascension into being the most successful middle-aged hip hop icon and mogul in the history of the universe?

1. Read blogs! The Awl offers up a viewing of the “December 4th” video, in which Beyoncé raps for Jay-Z in and around what appears to be Marcy Projects! Flavorwire offers up 40 Fun Facts about Jiggaman, while Rap Radar notes Jay-Z’s new ride acquired for the “On To The Next One” video, Vibe (Vibe!) takes to the streets to get The People’s thoughts on Hova’s birthday, and SOHH reports on Busta Rhymes’ well-wishing.

2. Eat like Hov! Since you probably can’t get a reservation at Rao’s — the hardest reservation in town and location of Jay-Z’s dinner in the “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)” video — you should be able to get in at Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s favorite pizza in town, at Lucali, where Hov and B duck in on the DL for their weekly slice date.

3. Party like Hov! You can always get down in Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in New York, which he stops into often and takes meetings at. You could hit Avenue, where he’s been spotted getting down. Or you could just go to the Dominican Republic, where Jay-Z and Beyoncé actually are vacationing for Mr. Carter’s 40th. Or:

4. Just rock his jams. I’m sure he won’t mind. Jay-Z, you give us hope for old age. Or at least hope for you in old age. You might not still “fuck ’em while [you] diss ’em” but you are still “a pimp by blood, not re-lat-ion,” and while everyone else “be chasin,” you “(are) replac(ing) them.” Here’s to 41.

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