Watch Jay-Z Aged 21 Freestyle On Television Before He Became Famous

19 February 2015, 11:20 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Jay Z in 1990
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

A funky freestyle.

Way back before he was one half of a billion dollars, Jay-Z was a fresh-faced kid from New York city with some bars and a dream (which is probably what the tagline to his future Lifetime Movie will read).

Rare footage of Jay-Z appearing on Rap City with his friend Big Daddy Kane in 1990 (aka when he was 21 years old) shows the future mogul dropping a well-prepared freestyle live on air. His look says Where’s Waldo and his rhymes say pre-Bliueprint but it's still Jay nonetheless. 

Despite being young and tenacious, Jay didn't even get a namecheck from the host. 

In case you were wondering what Big Daddy Kane is up to these days…

Watch the footage below