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Jay Z in 1990

Way back before he was one half of a billion dollars, Jay-Z was a fresh-faced kid from New York city with some bars and a dream (which is probably what the tagline to his future Lifetime Movie will read).

Rare footage of Jay-Z appearing on Rap City with his friend Big Daddy Kane in 1990 (aka when he was 21 years old) shows the future mogul dropping a well-prepared freestyle live on air. His look says Where’s Waldo and his rhymes say pre-Bliueprint but it's still Jay nonetheless. 

Despite being young and tenacious, Jay didn't even get a namecheck from the host. 

In case you were wondering what Big Daddy Kane is up to these days…

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