Happy Birthday, Jay-Z: Wake-Up Video

No matter what you call him (Mr. Carter, Hova, Iceberg Slim or Jigga), be sure to raise a glass to Jay-Z today, as he'll be turning 40 years old. At this point, it's almost a given that the man born Shawn Carter is one of the two or three greatest rappers of all time, but he's also the first MC to age gracefully. Most rappers lose their edge by the time they hit 40, but Jay might be at the top of his game right now. He put out one of the best albums of the year in The Blueprint 3, had his first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper in "Empire State of Mind," just got nominated for a Grammy (for "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" and was selected as the hottest MC in the game. In fact, when you consider he also has a successful clothing line (Rocawear), his own label (Roc Nation) and a stunning wife (Beyoncé), you have to think that Jay-Z might be living the most ideal life possible. (Though there is some balance to his life: He is part owner of the New Jersey Nets, who recently broke an NBA record for the worst start in league history; the team is currently winless through its first 18 games.)

Jay's music video legacy is vast and impressive. His back catalog is full of iconic images and big, cinematic backdrops. But to celebrate his birthday, check out the clip for "I Just Wanna Love U (Just Give It to Me)," perhaps Jay's greatest party jam.

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