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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Blue Ivy Carter, recording artists Jay Z and Beyonce speak onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by MTV/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording artists Rihanna attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Beyonce Knowles and Blue Ivy Carter are seen in Midtown on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Happy Valentine's Day 🐝🐝💋💋
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Beyonce Knowles and Blue Ivy Carter are seen in Midtown on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter are seen on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Thank you San Fran! Your city is beautiful. It was the perfect place to complete the best tour of my life! Thank you to all the fans that supported our show. God bless🐝
Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. Looking on from left is Blue Ivy and Jay-Z. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award with Blue Ivy and Jay-Z at left during the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Beyonce on stage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Beyonce on stage hugs Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum, in Inglewood, Calif. BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Blue Ivy’s hair aired Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, on the network’s music video countdown show, “106 & Park.” A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the producer was suspended after the ill-fitting joke about Beyonce and Jay Z’s two-year-old daughter aired. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)
Beyonce on stage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Beyonce smiles on stage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy are seen on December 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Beyonce Knowles and Blue Ivy Carter are seen in Midtown on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Blue Ivy Carter, recording artists Jay Z and Beyonce speak onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by MTV/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Blue Ivy Carter and Jay Z in the audience watching Beyonce perform during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Blue Ivy Carter and Jay Z in the audience watching Beyonce perform during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Blue Ivy Carter, recording artists Jay Z, and Beyoncé performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 04: Jay Z and his baby Blue Ivy Carter arrive at the 'MEURICE' hotel on June 4, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 12: Beyonce leaves her Midtown Manhattan office carrying her daughter Blue Ivy on April 12, 2012 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Beyonce Knowles and her daughter Blue Ivy Carter seen on the streets of Manhattan on March 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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Singer Beyonce, right, and Jay-Z leave after watching the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 123-84. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Beyonce poses with her three Grammys in the press room during the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2015. Beyonce won for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance with 'Drunk In Love,' her tale of marital bliss sung with her husband Jay-Z, as well as for the more technical Best Surround Sound Album. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 8: Jay-Z and Beyonce during The 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)
Beyonce poses with her three Grammys in the press room during the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2015. Beyonce won for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance with 'Drunk In Love,' her tale of marital bliss sung with her husband Jay-Z, as well as for the more technical Best Surround Sound Album. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording artists Jay-Z (L) and Beyonce during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (Exclusive Coverage) Willow Smith, Beyonce and Jay Z attend the Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-GRAMMY Brunch at Private Residence on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording artists Jay-Z, Beyonce (front) and Rita Ora (back R) during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (Exclusive Coverage) Beyonce and Jay Z attend the Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-GRAMMY Brunch at Private Residence on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Recording artists Beyonce and Jay-Z attend a game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers on January 22, 2014 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Shawn Carter, known as Jay Z, is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists now, but he first started his path 25 years ago.

In vintage footage that surfaced on Feb. 12, Jay Z is seen with Big Daddy Kane on Rap City, and in just over a minute, we see him freestyle for the first time.

We hear him drop his name in there a few times as he concludes with a "peace."

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Jay Z's first official rap single was called "In My Lifetime."

In 2013, he released his 12th studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and it sold 528,000 copies in its first week. At the time of its release, it had the second-biggest sales week for 2013.

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Just last year, he grossed more than $100 million with his wife and singer Beyonce when they performed together for their On the Run tour.

Jay Z has certainly come a long way!

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