With the release of his newest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z managed to yet again please listeners and earn himself his 13th No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts. Somewhere along the way he decided that he no longer needs the hyphen in his name. The rapper has wasted no time making the change and is officially referred to as JAY Z on his website and iTunes page.
Billboard editor, Joe Levy leaked the grammatical change to the Twitter masses yesterday night.
Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.) Copy editors: take note.
— Joe Levy (@RealJoeLevy) July 18, 2013
The change has been taking quick roots across the world wide web since Levy’s announcement. Throughout the progression of his career, Jay Z has embodied numerous aliases for himself. Whether it’s been Hov or Hova or S.Dot, Jay has frequently toyed with his name.
This isn’t big news, but it will be interesting to see if Jay‘s name change will be taken more or less seriously than Mos Def‘s. Yasiin Bey still hasn’t quite caught on yet.
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