Hip-Hop Rumors: The Jay-Z Picture Everybody Is Talking About!

They say everybody has a twin. Well, Jay-Z has had a few in his day. But it looks like this one is particularly special, because its old NYC.

Original gangster? Some have noted a resemblance to a certain hip-hop mogul (right) in the 1939 photo on the left.

Here is what the NY Times said about this time warp image.

Yes, the New York Public Library swears, the old photo of the guy who looks scarily like Jay-Z really is an unretouched, un-Photoshopped image from 1939. “We’re 100 percent certain it’s legitimate,” Adenike Olanrewaju, a library spokeswoman, said on Friday. Here’s the original:

Sid Grossman, courtesy New York Public Library “Harlem Loiterers,” 1939.

The photo, the library explains on its Tumblr blog, is “Harlem Loiterers” by the street photographer Sid Grossman (no further details are known about it, unfortunately), and it was stumbled across recently by a curator at the library’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture.

They keep us talking, but if we stop talking about them then they should worry! -illseed.

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  • Dwayne Nvo

    his grandpa

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  • Imperial

    Illseed always bringing out the best hip hop rumors. (sarcasm)

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  • BosstonMA$$

    Would be so funny if old dude was throwing the diamond up…

  • Harrison Boateng

    I bet u some dude is gonna have a Jay-Z exposed doc on YT. And they gonna talk about how he drank some ancient blood or something to say he has reincarnated.

  • lox

    iLLseed this was talked about last week. u late as usual

    u and anybody that ride w u is a str8 fuk ni99a

  • 7yoyo7

    Jay-Z is now a confirmed vampire. Illseed said so.

  • dominicancoke

    everybody has a look-a-like for example illseeds is rupauls look a like


    Lol what you just got finish reading “usa today” from last week.

    Also how is this a rumor??? Ijs

  • HunnidRoundDrumOnYoA$$

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  • Allhiphop is really running out of articles huh…

  • justmathoughts

    i bet thats dame next to him

    • mademan3000


    • last one

      wow looks like dame.

    • johnblacksad

      and that’s how they were dressed for that R.D. album cover photoshoot… that hat!


    That woulda been a good album cover for American gangster

  • The 2nd Coming

    Damn illqueef, you know everyone done got a doppelgänger right? Like you and that little Beetlejuice nigga from Howard Stern

  • johnblacksad

    damn, even the NY Times thinks we all look alike… smmfh

  • He is now the black Nicholas Cage.

  • $18916246

    Wow, If this photo is real….it’s more than a face to consider…It’s the pose the man in the picture is in is like that of JAY-Z as well…meaning the man in the picture appears to share his physical build. Wow that’s crazy.

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  • Jonathan Cephas

    Well, his family is from New York.. Maybe he’s his great uncle or something. I heard he looks just like his father so its not far fetched that it could be a distant relative.

    • last one

      really someone used there brain..

    • $28825362

      If you are going to continue to use your brain for intelligent thoughts you will be banned from this site. This is your first and ONLY warning.

  • Fernando Ferrandini

    some dick riders will say that jay-z is so powerful he’s a time travelling man. “he is iluminatti, they do this kinda shit there…” duhhhh

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  • MarquisCarter

    lol I thought some pics of joe the camel was gonna be in this article too. it’s crazy how similar they look. even the “stare” the guy is giving is similar

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  • JZ a vampire….knew it!

  • jamy47

    This picture is fascinating, kudos to the person who took it. The guy sitting like ”why are you taking my picture?” and he not only look like Jay Z but he has the same build, height, face, pose etc… scary!

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  • Eny Daboss

    I knew this dude wasnt normal fuckin vampire or idk what

    • jamy47

      How is he a vampire? try making sense. This only means that the person in the picture is probably his blood relative that’s all. Jay Z was not even close with his father so he doesn’t know much about his family on that side, i bet if he sees this picture, he would be shocked too.

      • he tottally believes jay is a vampire and is not joking at all.. *rolls eyes

  • Heartless12

    If this picture is real and non photoshop then that can be his relative

    • BosstonMA$$

      Thanks for the info Ralph, Bill, Chet or some gay name you probably got.


      • Heartless12

        Lmaooo you keyboard gangsters are funny. . .have a seat clown

  • don king

    its funny how the dude looks exactly into the camera, like jigga what?!

  • $18916246

    Can AHH get a reply from Mr.Carter on this one…I’d like to know his response to such a photo.

  • Jay- Z should purchase the image for 1 million…Support the artist.

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      nigga u broke throwing out figures like u got racks

      • nigga u broke jumpin at a nigga throwing out a random number like he got racks


    everybody know that Jay into some weird shit these days anyway lol I really aint gotta speak on it but we all know this dude aint right

    • MildManneredReporter

      how because he rich now and not on hot 97 with beanie and freeway anymore? stfu and get off the libraries internet

  • digitallife

    People making a fuss about this..look at their nostrils..two completely different people unless somehow jay-z grew a new nose. I’m pretty sure if half of dudes face wasn’t shaded he’d look even less like jay-z.

  • BosstonMA$$

    Nigga already sick of Dame way back then.

  • ask marcus

    That nigga is Jay’s cousin. Wats the big deal.

  • KingsCountyCrooklyn

    what yall mean it looks like jay, sheed it looks like big, ah hell i’ll have to say niggas look alike……….now & then, things done change


    Jay a highlander!!


    Y’all forgot what Hov said….”Your Future my past, I been here before.”

  • Abrasive Angel

    Reincarnation exists whether you believe it or not.

  • D_Ably

    Satan blesses his followers with immortality lmao

    • phillip martin

      where can i sign up to be a follower? hail satan

  • Asia James

    Look at the ears tho, even those are the same!

  • Draco Himself

    not so distant Relative…Or, Doppleganger. haha

  • Possibly a losing lost grandfather. Looks too much like Jay…..

  • Jame Shivar

    0h sh.t I think hes even wearing a Rocawear suit! WTF? HaHa Yeah looks like him 4real! Prolly a relative….distinctive look…….Or maybe hes the Anti-Christ, Immortal Illuminatti Scout, or the Devil himself! Jay is def not one of us tho.

  • Being a #KoolKat must run in the bloodline.