11 Times Jay-Z Has Rapped About Becoming a Billionaire
Since the beginning of his career, Jay-Z has been out for dead presidents to represent him. Over more than 20 years in the game, the Brooklyn bar layer has transcended from unapologetic dope boy to a multifaceted entrepreneur, all while embodying the ultimate hustler’s spirit. Hov’s grind has literally paid off, with news recently breaking that revealed the rapper has finally reached billionaire status—a first for a rapper.
With the power moves he has been making, this milestone has been something people have seen coming for a while now. The Roc Nation head honcho's wealth status was revealed by Forbes, who calculated the 10-figure number by “looking at the artist’s stakes in companies like Armand de Brignac champagne—applying our customary discount to private firms—then added up his income, subtracting a healthy amount to account for a superstar lifestyle.”
The numbers were then verified "with a roster of outside experts to ensure these estimates were fair and conservative."
On top of his top-of-the-line grind, Jigga has literally spoken—or rapped—this milestone into existence. Within the past decade, Jay has dropped a number of lines in songs about aspiring to reach the coveted billionaire boys club and joining the likes Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and others. After remixing songs like 50 Cent's "I Get Money" and Lil Wayne's "A Milli" (to make "A Billi"), Hov really is 10-figure Jigga.
With news recently surfacing that Hova has reached billionaire status, XXL compiles a list of times Jay has referenced reaching 10 figures on wax.
“Grammy Family Freestyle”2006
"In the race to a billion got my face to the ceiling/Got my knees on the floor, please Lord forgive him"
"You paper chasing, they paper hating/Billionaire Hov, you on the pace to make it"
"I Get Money (Forbes 1,2,3 Remix)2007
"Still hustlin, baby! Hurry up, kill me/I'm already the goat, next stop is the billi"
"Geah, a billi, a billi, a billi a billionaire/Call me Philli Collins, I feel a billion is in the air"
"All for the love of drug dealing/Marble floors, gold ceilings/Oh, what a feeling, fuck it, I want a billion"
"On the holiday playin' 'Strange Fruit'/If I'ma make it to a billi, I can't take the same route"
"I'm clear why I'm here, how about you?/Ain't no such thing as an ugly billionaire, I'm cute."
"Oh, we gon' reach a billi' first/I told my wife the spiritual shit really work"
"Far as draft picks, my name did not get called/Bet before I go I put a billion on the board"
"Dope boys, Off-White, lookin' like soft white on 'em/Heh, you know what I'm sayin?'/We in the buildin', we came for a billion, ain't nobody playin.'
"I ain't got a billion streams, got a billion dollars/Inflating numbers like we 'posed to be happy about this"