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Everyone Jay Z Has Compared Himself To

Hov sure has a lot of ways to explain his greatness.

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

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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

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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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From: “Hova’s Interlude” (Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter)
Lyric: “I’m the ghetto’s answer to Trump.”

29. The Fonz

 

From: “Streets is Talking” (In My Lifetime Vol. 1)
Lyric: “Let n****s take shots at me, no response / I just flip and, pop my collar like the Fonz.”

30. Johnnie Cochran

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From: “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” (The Dynasty: Roc La Familia)
Lyric: “Just like Cochran / cocksuckers you never see me boxed in.”

31. Miss Cleo

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From: “The Ruler’s Back” (The Blueprint)
Lyric: “I can predict the future like Cleo the psychic.”

32. Rocky Balboa

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From: “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” (The Blueprint)
Lyric: “Cops wanna knock me, D.A. wanna box me in / but somehow, I beat them charges like Rocky.”

33. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

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From: “Hola Hovito” (The Blueprint)
Lyric: “If you haven’t heard, I’m Michael, Magic, and Bird / all rolled in one / ‘cause none got more flows than Young.”

34. Randall Cunningham

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From: “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)” (The Blueprint)
Lyric: “I scramble like Randall with his.”

35. Dikembe Mutombo

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From: “All I Need” (The Blueprint)
Lyric: “Whoever got hops get blocked / go to the hole / Dikembe Mutombo of this rap shit.”

36. Alex Rodriguez

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From: “All I Need” (The Blueprint)
Lyric: “Shut ya bumba / got A-Rod numbers.”

37. Billy Blanks

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From: “Breathe Easy” (The Blueprint (Deluxe))
Lyric: “All white trainers / the ghetto’s Billy Blanks.”

38. Bo Outlaw

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From: “Honey” (Best of Both Worlds)
Lyric: “Take a lost rebound like Bo Outlaw, I’m so outlaw.”

39. Kordell Stewart

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From: “Hovi Baby” (The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse)
Lyric: “Rapper slash exec / Kordell Stewart.”

40. Rembrandt and Rainer Maria Rilke

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From: “What They Gonna Do” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “All sorts of flow / Rembrandt, Rilke / I am art with the flow.”

41. Ichiro

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From: “All Around the World” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “I’m a Tokyo giant like Ichiro.”

42. Deion Sanders

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From: “I Did It My Way” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “Mastered a corner like Deion in his uniform.”

43. Michael Corleone

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From: “Guns n’ Roses” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “The Michael Corleone of the microphone.”

44. Ralph Lauren

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From: “Guns n’ Roses” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “Roc-a-wear, I’m the young black Ralph Lauren.”

45. Michelangelo

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From: “Guns n’ Roses” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: The Michelangelo of flow, I paint pictures with poems.”

46. Glenn Robinson

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From: “Blueprint 2” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “I’m Big Dog / Glenn Rob / listen, God, you a flea.”

47. George Jefferson

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From: “N****a Please” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “Just George Jefferson strollin’ on ‘em.”

48. David Copperfield

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From: “2 Many Hoes” (The Blueprint 2)
Lyric: “Disappear like Copperfield, go cop a feel.”

49. Superman

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From: “Kingdom Come” (Kingdom Come)
Lyric: “Step inside the booth / Superman is alive.”

50. Marvin Gaye

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From: “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “You gotta pardon Jay / for selling out the Garden in a day / I’m like a young Marvin in his hey.”

51. Halle Berry

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From: “Threat” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “But catch me down the Westside / drivin’ like Halle Berry.”

52. Joe Pesci

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From: “Threat” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “I’m especially Joe Pesci with it, friend.”

53. Michael Schumacher

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From: “Justify My Thug” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “I am the Michael Schumacher of the Roc roster / travelin’ Mach 5, barrelin’, my power can stop God.”

54. Hakeem Olajuwon

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From: “My 1st Song” (The Black Album)
Lyric: “Had to get these chips / had to make moves like Olajuwon.”

55. Bob Dylan

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From: “Open Letter”
Lyric: “Idiot wind, the Bob Dylan of rap music / You’re an idiot, baby, you should become a student.”

56. Flash Gordon

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From: “Kingdom Come” (Kingdom Come)
Lyric: “Flash Gordon when recording, spark the light in the dark.”

57. Spiderman

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From: “Kingdom Come” (Kingdom Come)
Lyric: “Peter Park, Spiderman / all I do is climb the charts.”

58. Batman

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From: “Kingdom Come” (Kingdom Come)
Lyric: “The Bruce Wayne of the game / have no fear.”

59. Mariah Carey

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From: “Anything” (Kingdom Come)
Lyric: “Jay-Z got notes like Mariah.”

60. Heidi Klum

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From: “Beach Chair” (Kingdom Come)
Lyric: “Your corazón is what brought us home / in great shape like Heidi Klum.”

61. Frank Lucas

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From: “No Hook” (American Gangster)
Lyric: “Compare me to trappers / I’m more Frank Lucas than Ludacris.”

62. Al Pacino

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From: “Party Life” (American Gangster)
Lyric: “Sippin’ on my vino / got me cooler than Pacino.”

63. The Ringling Brothers

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From: “Blue Magic” (American Gangster)
Lyric: “Open your mind, you see the circus in the sky / I’m Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey with the pies.”

64. Al Roker

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From: “Hate” (Blueprint 3)
Lyric: “Al Roker, I used to knock pounds off / It ain’t nothing for me to knock nouns off.”

65. Dale Earnhardt

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From: “Lift Off” (Watch the Throne)
Lyric: “When you Earnhart as me / eventually you hit a big wall.”

66. Axl Rose

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From: “Welcome to the Jungle” (Watch the Throne)
Lyric: “Black Axl Rose / move halves and wholes / Come down to the jungle, just ask for Hov.”

67. Kurt Cobain

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From: “Holy Grail” (Magna Carta Holy Grail)
Lyric: “I know nobody to blame / Kurt Cobain / I did it to myself.”

68. Pablo Picasso

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From: “Picasso Baby” (Magna Carta Holy Grail)
Lyric: “I’m the modern day Pablo / Picasso, baby.”

69. Johnny Cash

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From: “Nickels and Dimes” (Magna Carta Holy Grail)
Lyric: “Johnny Cash, I’m a real G / I cut myself today to see if I still bleed.”

70. Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay

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From: “F.U.T.W.” (Magna Carta Holy Grail)
Lyric: “I feel like mothafuckin’ Cassius Clay right now.”

71. Mark Twain

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From: “$100 Bill” (Great Gatsby Soundtrack)
Lyric: “Write like Mark Twain / Jay Gatsby I park things.”

72. Jackie Robinson

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From: “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” (Notorious Soundtrack)
Lyric: “I father, I Brooklyn Dodger them / I jack, I rob, I sin / Awww man, I’m Jackie Robinson.”

73. Branch Rickey

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From: “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” (Notorious Soundtrack)
Lyric: “Now when I bring the Nets, I’m the black Branch Ricky / From Brooklyn corners, burnin’ branches of sticky.”

NOTE: This doesn’t even include the rappers he compares himself to.

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