Jay-Z is 43 today. What's he got to celebrate from the past 12 months?

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Jay-Z with his new-born daughter Ivy Blue Carter in January this year

Apart from...

  • Having a baby girl with his superstar wife Beyonce
  • Enrolling her in the record books as the youngest ever artist on the Billboard Chart after he added her two-day-old vocals to the track 'Glory'
  • Gaining new fans with his performance at the closing ceremony of the London Paralympics alongside Rihanna and Coldplay
  • Helping his pal Barack Obama make his way back into the White House
  • Generally adding to his reported500 million fortune as rapper, fashion behemoth and all-round culture mogul

Hmmm, it's enough to make your average musical superstar feel inadequate. Happy 43rd, Mr -Z, may your 44th year bring you equal plenitudes. And to mark the day, here are ten of your best..

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