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27 Things Jay Z Did In The Early '00s That He’d Never Do Now

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...the gift and the curse."

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1. Early '00s Hov was the BEST. He went from carrying the East Coast on his back to having pop culture in the palm of his hand.

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2. Remember when Jay said, "Hey! We wearin' jerseys now, y'all" without saying it?

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3. Everyone immediately hit up Dick's, Champs, and wherever else a jersey could be purchased.

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4. Do you remember the Jigga who got tired of the traditional hip-hop garb and literally said, "Throw on a suit, get it tapered up"?

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5. Because in the early '00s, THIS was Jay's interpretation of business casual.

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6. It was the time when he balanced his street knowledge with his business savvy for the corporate takeover.

Safe to say he didn't quite balance it out fashion-wise.
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Safe to say he didn't quite balance it out fashion-wise.

7. But soak it in, because you'll never see Jay wearing ANYTHING he's wearing here.

Our young CEO was learning. ^_^
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Our young CEO was learning. ^_^

8. And obviously, he wasn't above the EXTREMELY baggy jeans trend that was the shit back then.

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9. In 2000, Jay Hov was hanging around backstage with Tara Reid and Nelly.

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10. Then the following year, he wrapped his arm around Ivana Trump for photos.

I don't know how likely that would be today.
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I don't know how likely that would be today.

11. Goodbye to Jay awkwardly hooking arms with Beanie Sigel and Freeway at the Soul Train Awards.

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12. Sayonara to Jay Z performing with Linkin Park again.

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13. Early '00s Jay used to happily chunk up the deuce regularly.

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14. Current Jay leaves that up to other people.

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15. And he had no reservations about throwing up the iconic "dynasty sign" at any opportune moment.

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16. Who could forget the Jay Z who contributed to the history of durags?

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17. That same Jay contributed to the Von Dutch trucker hat trend that happened in the early '00s too.

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18. And the same goes for the bucket hat trend that made a resurgence a couple years ago. Not to mention hanging out with Jimmy Fallon in an original Roc-A-Fella chain.

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19. But goodbye to the days of Jay rockin' Ol' Saint Nick's hat.

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20. Early '00s Hov took photos with Nicole Richie, Rashida Jones, and his former business partner Dame Dash.

With a very rare Rocawear headband.
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With a very rare Rocawear headband.

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21. And he made albums with R. Kelly.

With an even rarer double headband.
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With an even rarer double headband.

22. You'll never get to see the Magna Carta Holy Grail Jay rockin' a Canadian tuxedo matching Beyoncé on TRL again.

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Partly because TRL doesn't exist anymore.

23. And you damn sure would not see him sporting this number with Queen B today either.

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24. Look at old Jay in the back of a car with Will Ferrell for a Robert Goulet skit on SNL.

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25. Look at him smoking on national television, letting the "white donkey" hit his joint.

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26. Just look at him.

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27. Oh how so much has changed since the early '00s.

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But "Diamond Is Forever."