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A Hazy Jay Z News Trail

TroiTorainIt started with a New York Internet radio host dissing a New York rapper. Troi Torain (a.k.a. DJ Star), speaking with a March 19 caller, claimed that Jay Z is in fact 50.

It continued with a March 25 tweet and some lazy media pick-ups before being mercifully put to rest today by New York-based E! Online writer Rebecca Macatee. From her report:

Stop the presses, y’all: E! News can confirm that public records show Shawn Corey Carter (yep, that’s Jay Z’s pre-Hova name) was born December 4, 1969. In case you need some help with the math, this makes the king of hip-hop 44-years-old — a.k.a. his actual age.

It might be time for Torain bio tweak. The Shot 97 write-up states that he “always delivers hard-hitting objective truth.”

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