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As much as some rappers detest doing interviews [see Kanye West], it is a sure way to properly document the various stages of a career. With the  recent addition of Vanity Fair to his publication hit list, Jay Z has graced the covers of almost 100 print magazines since 1996.

While Jay admittedly struggled to secure high profile press during his “In My Lifetime” days, Hov has since gone onto bless us with numerous classic magazine features that speak volumes about his ongoing legacy.

But more than that, these issues serve as timeline that shows a hustler from Marcy Projects slowly make it to be the king of New York to one of the greatest, ever.

Here we present the 15 greatest Jay Z Magazine covers of all time. Leave a comment below naming your favorite and why; feel free to reference Every Jay-Z Magazine Cover, Ever* [PHOTOS]

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