Everyone Jay Z Has Compared Himself To

1. Grateful Dead

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From: “Encore” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “I’m young H.O. / rap’s Grateful Dead / here to take over the globe / so break bread.”

2. Obama

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From: “A Billi”
Lyric: “Roc nation, it takes a nation to stop / I’m signin off, it’s the hood’s Barack.”

3. Martha Stewart

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From: “What More Can I Say” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “The Martha Stewart / that’s far from Jewish.”

4. Warren Buffett

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From: “Threat” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “You lookin’ at the black Warren Buffett / so all critics can duck sick.”

5. Bobby Boucher

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From: “Come and Get Me” (Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter)
Lyric: “Round the way, [they] called me Bobby Boucher.”

6. Brody from Homeland


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From: “F.U.T.W.” (Magna Carta Holy Grail)
Lyric: “Feel like a stranger in my own land / Got me feeling like Brody in Homeland.”

7. Stevie Wonder

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From: “Intro” (The Dynasty: Roc La Familia)
Lyric: “I’m Stevie Wonder with, beads under the doo-rag.”

8. Che Guevara

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From: “P.S.A.” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “I’m like Che Guevera with bling on, I’m complex.”

9. Frank Sinatra

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From: “Hola Hovito” (The Blueprint)
Lyric: “I’m the compadre / the Sinatra of my day.”

10. Right Said Fred

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From: “The Ruler’s Back” (The Blueprint)
Lyrics: “I’m too sexy for jail like I’m Right Said Fred.”

11. Jean-Michel Basquiat

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From: “Picasso Baby” (Magna Carta Holy Grail)
Lyrics: “It ain’t hard to tell / I’m the new Jean-Michel.”

12. Leonardo da Vinci

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From: “Picasso Baby” (Magna Carta Holy Grail)
Lyrics: “Leonardo da Vinci flows / Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy clothes.”

13. Michael Jordan

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From: “Hova Song (Intro)” (Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter)
Lyric: “Mike Jordan of rap / outside J working.”

14. Michael Jackson

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From: “Party Life” (American Gangster)
Lyrics: “Off the wall / I’m like a young Michael Jackson / these other n*****s is Tito.”

15. Jeff Gordon

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From: Kanye West, “Never Let Me Down” (The College Dropout)
Lyric: “It’s Hov tradition, Jeff Gordon of rap / I’m back to claim pole position, holla at ya boy.”

16. Errol Flynn

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From: “Cashmere Thoughts” (Reasonable Doubt)
Lyric: “Ghetto’s Errol Flynn, hot like heroin.”

17. Robert De Niro

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From: “Bring it On” (Reasonable Doubt)
Lyric: “Mannerisms of a young Bobby DeNiro, spent Spanish wisdoms in a whip with dinero.”

18. Lil’ Penny

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From: “Who You Wit II” (In My Lifetime Vol. 1)
Lyric: “I’mma stay winnin’, rock the custom drop Bentleys / never eat at Denny’s and party like Lil’ Penny.”

19. Noah



From: “It’s Hot (Some Like it Hot)” (Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter)
Lyric: “Hova’s like Noah / keep two in the truck.”

20. Tiger Woods


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From: “Who You Wit II” (In My Lifetime, Vol. 1)
Lyric: “I sink this ball in your hole, I’m Tiger Woods.”

21. Brett Favre

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From: “Paper Chase” (Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life)
Lyric: “More arms than Green Bay’s Brett Favre for ya.”

22. Clyde Barrow

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From: “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “The ‘03 Bonnie and Clyde / Hov and B.”

23. Latrell Sprewell

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From: “It’s Alright” (Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life)
Lyric: “On the two Jew-el’s / I blew more money than Latrell, who else?”

24. Oprah



From: “S. Carter” (Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter)
Lyric: “I thought I told ya / hustler, n****a move weight like Oprah.”

25. Kevin Bacon

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From: “Hova Song (Intro)” (Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter)
Lyric: “Rappers with no relation / there’s ‘Seven Degrees of Separation’ and I’m Kevin Bacon.”

26. Ken Norton

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From: “S. Carter” (Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter)
Lyric: “Verses tight / hooks harder than Ken Norton.”

27. Butch Cassidy


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From: “Jigga My N****a” (Ryde or Die Vol. 1)
Lyric: “I got the / mind capacity of a young Butch Cassidy.”

28. Donald Trump

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