He's sold about 50 million albums. He's won numerous awards—including 17 Grammys. He holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200. It's unquestionable that Jay-Z is one of the best-selling and biggest rap stars today.
But everyone knows, Jay's fame goes beyond hip-hop. He said it himself: "I'm not a businessman / I'm a business, man." For that reason, it's only natural that he pushes the culture ahead and influences plenty of things—including style. Admittedly, Jay-Z is not the most stylish celebrity, let alone most stylish rapper, out there. He doesn't follow fashion designers as closely as Kanye West or A$AP Rocky. His personal style isn't flashy or particularly risky.
But in many ways, he has written #newrules for many of the trends we've seen, especially in hip-hop. Throughout his 16-year career, he popularized sports jerseys, T-Shirts as du-rags, the all black everything look, a crisp pair of jeans and button ups, and more. A whole lot more. Much like his music, his look has also undergone several changes. Before you're consumed by Hov's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and before Hov moves on to the next one, take a look at how far he's come. Click through for The 20 Stages of Jay-Z's Style.