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Today is Jay-Z’s 43rd birthday. While there is a million things we can say about the culture’s most influential figure, one thing we noticed all day today is that white people love him. The point where Jay-Z went from Hip-Hop’s hero to a bonafide megastar was the moment that middle America became enamored with Beyonce’s husband. It’s crazy to think the former dope boy has risen to such heights in his amazing career, now that he’s somebody that grandmothers in Iowa know about.

It’s almost like Jay-Z standing with Bruce Springsteen or Ron Howard makes rap seem a-ok for middle America. Sad, but it helps. Hov’s got a deep collection of cool white folks that he kicks it with so get a look back at all of them after the kick.

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