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JAY Z (or should I say Jaÿ-Z) graces one of eight covers of New York Magazine‘s annual yesteryear issue, which celebrates 100 years of pop music in New York. According to Complex, the photo of the fresh-faced Hov was taken in 1997 when he would have been around 29-years-old. You can read Jody Rosen’s comprehensive feature on The Town That Put the Pop in Music: A Look Back at 100 Years of New York Sounds here, and check out The Encyclopedia of New York Pop Music here, featuring profiles on DJ Kool Herc, Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie, 50 Cent and more.

Check out the other seven New York Magazine covers below, featuring Biggie, Prince, Bob Dylan and more…

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