Year He Turned 30: 1999
Number of Albums Released at the Time: 4
When Jay-Z turned 30, he was a freshly minted superstar. His previous album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, had gone five-times platinum. His entrepreneurial career was also in full swing, with his record label, Roc-A-Fella, and clothing line, Rocawear, both flourishing.
Side hustles notwithstanding, Hov also maintained an undeniable presence on the Billboard charts. Before his second classic, The Blueprint, Jay released Vol. 3... The Life and Times of S. Carter, a triple platinum, No. 1 album with crossover hits like "Big Pimpin'." Despite the heights, the Brooklyn rapper's reign was just beginning. He'd go on to dominate for the entirety of the next decade, heading up more businesses and releasing another 10 albums.
His "All I Need" lyric, "A nigga been focused since I said 'Hi' to 30" proved to be prophetic.
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