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Jay-Z, as seen in the Roc-A-Fella Films production Paper Soldiers in 2002.

On the movie’s cover Hov is first-billed above the title - for a role that consists of a single shot of him in the studio, smiling serenely as his music bumps. Little does he know at the same time Shawn, played by Kevin Hart in his film debut, is in his house robbing him. Most of the Roc family also had a part in the film, with starring roles going to Beanie Sigel, N.O.R.E., Memphis Bleek, Dame Dash, Angie Martinez, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Lil’ Cease, Charlie Murphy, and more…

Jay-Z, performing at an MTV-filmed party celebrating the success of his fifth studio album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia in November 2000.

Hov held the party to celebrate the album’s #1 debut on the Billboard 200, with around 560,000 copies sold first week. It has since been certified Multi-Platinum with over 2.3 million copies sold.

The party’s location was the roller rink Skateland in Northridge, California, with security giving the 200 guests a pair of skates on arrival. Others guests included Puff Daddy, Rashida Jones, Busta Rhymes, Redman, Carmen Electra, Ja Rule - and of course the entire Roc-A-Fella Records family. On the 1s and 2s was DJ Mark Ronson.

First sending a shout-out to OutKast, who debuted #2 with Stankonia, Hov told the crowd: “I want to thank all the fans out there, everybody out there for making me #1 in the country. I really, really appreciate all the support over the years. This is my fifth album in four years, and they’re still right there with me, like all the way, even stronger. My first album did 34,000 units the first week, maybe 40,000. It’s a long way from half a million. It’s a long, long way.”

It has just been announced that Jay Z has signed Memphis’ own Yo Gotti to his label Roc Nation. Gotti joins the Roc family on the back of a very successful year, with his single “Down in the DM” bringing him a whole new fan base. 2017 already looks to be another multi-million dollar year for Hov and the family.

“Have you ever loved somebody used to get the party poppin’, we used to party-hop, we used to be in the Hamptons, party a lot, we was The Breakfast Club, you was a part of the Roc…”

Jay-Z and Aaliyah at the annual Roc-A-Fella Records Fourth of July party and barbecue in East Hampton in July 2000.

Since 1997 Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella Records family had been renting mansions (which often came with a $30,000-a-week rent tag) and hosting Summer long parties for their family and friends. The festivities would culminate in a massive Independence Day soirée, complete with a Roc-themed menu and VIP guest-list.

During an interview with Touré at Jay’s Hamptons mansion, just two weeks before her untimely passing in August 2001, Aaliyah said this about her close friend: “He is the sweetest person. I have so much fun when I’m with him. I admire him because he’s an amazing talent, and on top of that he’s a beautiful person. He’s really good people.”

Jay-Z, performing at an MTV-filmed party celebrating the success of his fifth studio album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia in November 2000.

Hov held the party to celebrate the album’s #1 debut on the Billboard 200, with around 560,000 copies sold first week. It has since been certified Multi-Platinum with over 2.3 million copies sold.

The party’s location was the roller rink Skateland in Northridge, California, with security giving the 200 guests a pair of skates on arrival. Others guests included Puff Daddy, Rashida Jones, Busta Rhymes, Redman, Carmen Electra, Ja Rule - and of course the entire Roc-A-Fella Records family. On the 1s and 2s was DJ Mark Ronson.

First sending a shout-out to OutKast, who debuted #2 with Stankonia, Hov told the crowd: “I want to thank all the fans out there, everybody out there for making me #1 in the country. I really, really appreciate all the support over the years. This is my fifth album in four years, and they’re still right there with me, like all the way, even stronger. My first album did 34,000 units the first week, maybe 40,000. It’s a long way from half a million. It’s a long, long way.”

how did i spend my new year?

with tom and cyrus at the house of an arizona cardinal with a few of his teammates. we rolled up to the club with them, freeway, and his people. cuttin ahead of the line with all them and gettin around any and everywhere we wanted was probably one of the most memorable points of the night.

tom got to film free*s performance for a video that*s gonna be on world star. during the show, i got to be on stage with everybody, and i*m not gonna lie, it was dope.

after that spot, we hit up this hood ass strip club so tom could do more filming for the world star video. that was definitely one for the memory bank as well.

new year*s day rolls around and freeway and company roll up and spend the day with us shooting videos and recording a track that freeway wrote that day. i was the one who got to record it. i don*t know much about protools and haven*t been doin this very long at all, but it was quite an honor to be able to say i recorded someone who*s worked alongside hov! i have a lot to learn, but i*m extremely proud of myself.

i can*t wait to learn more and do bigger and better. i feel so lucky to be here. i miss pittsburgh and those that i love, but this is where i need to be.