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In case you hadn’t heard, 2013 was a record year for Jay Z’s sports ventures. He sold his stake of the Brooklyn Nets and became a certified NBA, NFL and MLB agent, pissing off almost the entire sports representation world in the process.

Take a look at BE’s lengthy interview with Jay Z biographer Zack O’Malley Greenburg for some better perspective on why he’s made some of the moves he’s made. We’re not just saying this because we did the article.

So Happy Birthday Shawn Carter. Here, we break down Jay Z’s brashest, most savvy moves in the sports industry just because.

10. He signed Kevin Durant: In a new interview with CBS Sports’ James Brown, Kevin Durant told Brown that he’s tired of hearing he’s No. 2. “People would just always say that it’s cool, ‘You’re top three, that’s cool. That’s good to be there. It’s alright to be a top-three player in the world … I mean, I’m just tired of settling for that, tired of saying that, tired of hearing it,” he tells Brown in a forthcoming interview on 60 Minutes Sports. Durant is at the top of his game, and yet his humility and expectation of excellence will undoubtedly mean good news for Jay Z, Roc Nation attorney Kim Miale and the good people at Roc Nation. He may be in a small market, but Durant’s loyalty and basketball-first mentality makes him one of the most marketable athletes on the planet.

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