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Jay Z’s Biggest Hip-Hop Moments Since ‘The Black Album’

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On November 14, 2003, Jay Z dropped The Black Album, his eighth and, at the time, final album. Less than two weeks later, during a show at Madison Square Garden, Jay officially “retired,” ending the career of one of the greatest to ever do it. Ten years to the day later, of course, we know that Jay could never stay off the mic. In the intervening decade he’s dropped five albums, scored films, got married and became a father, and delved into the wide world of sports while he expanded his business ventures to include nightclubs, liquors, and—briefly, at least—NBA basketball franchises (HELLO BROOKLYN!). Ten years after Jay Z first hung up his boots, XXL compiled Jay’s 12 biggest hip-hop moments (leaving out his business and personal milestones) over the past decade. —Dan Rys (@danrys)

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