Music superstar Jay Z‘s journey to hip-hop mogul status has come full circle with the release of a new pre-fame Hov demo tape this week.

The unexpected hip-hop gem surfaced online Wednesday (January 14).

This Jay Z demo tape explains his origins so well. First, lots can be said about Jay Z‘s excellent ability to adapt. From the Ski Beatz and Clark Kent nouveau jazz sound he first invoked to the Kanye and Rick Rubin stadium grandiosity that sailed him into Top-40 greatness and two semi-retirements, Jay knows how to switch it up. Second, in ’88, he used to rhyme like the Fushnickens, a frenemy once said. Meaning, he had to try on several styles before he could change clothes and don that suit and tie. (Mass Appeal)

Check out the demo tape right here…

UPDATE: The demo tape has since been pulled.

Aside from the untitled demo tape, Jay recently signed boxing veteran Andre Ward to his Roc Nation Sports company.

Jay Z launched his new Throne Boxing event last week in New York City.

While boxer and the rapper may now work together, clearly they are friends as well as they both could not stop laughing as they watched the fight.
The stars turned out to celebrate Jay’s big night including his biggest musical talent Rihanna and also actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Noticeably absent was Jay Z’s wife Beyonce who must have decided to stay home with their little one Blue Ivy. (Daily Mail)

R&B diva Rihanna posted up pics from the event alongside Jay to her Instagram page.

big bro. jigga. congrats to our champ tonight #Dusty #RocNationBoxingCard

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