News: Jay-Z's 40th B-Day Surprise Party Details Leak, Beyonce Invited Kanye West & Diddy

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 4:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z's 40th surprise birthday party details have landed online and claim his wife, Beyonce Knowles, enlisted an A-list class of celebrities including Kanye West, Diddy and Alicia Keys to take part in the celebration.

According to reports, New York Yankees World Series champion and Hov's friend Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez was also at the party.

The Grammy-nominated singer planned a star-studded surprise party for her hubby and invited 50 of his closest pals, including Diddy, Kate Hudson, A-Rod, Kanye West and Alicia Keys. DJ Cassidy spun tunes at the bash held at the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. The party, which had a 1940s theme, included a fireworks show and two dance floors. At the fete, Jay-Z and Keys sang an impromptu version of their hit song, "Empire State of Mind," and West gave a toast to his friend, the birthday boy. (People)

With over a decade of music to his name, Hov turned 40 last Friday (December 4).

On 2001's "Ether," Nas quipped that Jay-Z was "36 in a karate class." But today (Dec. 4), Jay-Z is in a class of his own, as he becomes the first 40-year-old rapper to command hip-hop's number one spot. Follow us in ushering in Jay-Z admittance into middle age with a birthday extravaganza. (VIBE)

Fellow New York rapper Busta Rhymes wished Jay-Z a happy birthday last week.

"Happy Bday Hov....Congrats on the 4 grammy nominations 2 big homie...," Busta wrote Friday (December 4) via Twitter. "Along with acknowledging each others greatness, acknowledge ur own greatness u deserve it...Salute!!!!" (Busta Rhyme's Twitter)

Rapper Skillz also spoke on Jay's 40th birthday via Twitter.

"Look! I'm a JAy fan as well. Hes witty w/d words. Am I goin ova shiz's crib 2nite so we can all watch fade 2 black n the dark? F!ck naaawh....I'm mean if he's 44 sh*t don't matter..u still nice wit the wordplay," he wrote. "I know scarface is atleast 40 and I don't care..he's nice. My homie shiz is prolly out shopping for Jays birthday doo rag right now. That ni//a is n Sallys beauty supply as we speak." (Skillz's Twitter)

Jay has often responded to critics citing his age as reason enough to put down the microphone and retire.

"I hear it all the time -- 'Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in,'" Jay explained in an interview. "But you don't become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes...If you grow up listening to hip-hop, you love hip-hop and that's the end of it. But if you're a 30 year-old rapper still trying to make music like you're 15, then you're making it narrow. At my age, I can't relate to a 15 year-old. I deal with mature and relevant topics for my age group -- it has to all be based on true emotions. The more diversity and the more mature we make hip-hop, the bigger the net you cast." (Reuters)

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