Jay-Z Is About to Redefine What a Man’s Fifties Look Like

Shawn Carter has rewritten the playbook and outgrown men twice his age. Does a billionaire have anything left to prove?

Bonsu Thompson
LEVEL

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An illustration of Jay-Z
Illustration: Jacob Rochester

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Bonsu Thompson
LEVEL

Bonsu Thompson is a writer, producer, Brooklynite and 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow.