Age: 42
Label: Roc Nation
From: Brooklyn, NY
Active Since: 1990
Twitter: @S_C_

Jay-Z doesn't settle. Every time it's felt like his career peaked, he finds new ceilings to chase. It’s cliché to say your favorite rapper is Jay-Z because, at this point, everyone’s favorite rapper is Jay-Z. He’s an omnipotent force in hip-hop. He’s leading in nearly every single statistical category. He’s got it all; the sales, the hits, the respect, the flows, the rhymes, the classic albums, the wealth, and he’s got a beautiful wife and an adorable daughter.

What’s most amazing is that he still raps his ass off. His last album, Watch The Throne, spawned the song of the year with “N****s In Paris” and the album itself was a massive success. Plus, every time he drops a guest verse the whole stops and listens. He most recently stole the show on G.O.O.D. Music's "Clique" and Rick Ross' "3 Kings."

As a pop culture figure, he’s still hip-hop’s greatest ambassador. In the past few weeks alone he’s thrown a fundraiser for President Obama, executive-produced NBA 2K13, and helped open up the Barclays Center with eight concerts. G.O.A.T. status.

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