Have you ever wondered why people call Jay Z by the nickname Hov? Or what does it mean? How he get it? In this article, we will go through the history of the name and its origins.
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What does the name Hova mean?
If you’re a fan of HOV, then you know about his name. And the other “J” in JAY Z is called Jay-Z. Both his names have the same pronunciation, but you might have wondered why is he named Hov.
But hey, don’t get that wrong. They are not related to any superstar, living or dead. The reason behind his name is as plain as it can get and that is this story!
Who is Jay Z?
Jay Z is the full name, Shawn Corey Carter. He was born on December 4, 1969. His parents were Adnes Reeves and John Carter. He has two sisters namely Gloria Carter and Rachel Roy (American fashion designer). Jay Z’s father died in 2003 because of drug abuse.
He attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School for his secondary education study but dropped out after three years to pursue his musical career as a rapper.
Jay Z Musical Career
After the death of his father, Jay Z increased his focus on music and with this fully dedicated himself into reaching stardom in the industry.
In 1996, he founded a record label named Roc-A-Fella Records. This is a company that was founded with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs Burke. A year later in 1997, they started a clothing line. They also introduced a film production company in 1999. It was sold to another company for $10 million four years later in 2003.
In 2009, he signed an agreement with Live Nation which was worth $150 million for ten years where Jay Z will be their artist and talent relations manager.
It is also worth noting that he is among the world’s richest rappers.
Why Is Jay Z Called Hov?
Now that you know a little about his history, let’s get into why he is called HOV.
The name actually came from one of his early raps back in the 1990s when he was using the stage name “Jay-Z.”
HOV is a three-letter acronym for “Halftime, Out of Vogue.” This was the name given to him by his other rapper friend Jaz-O who helped launch Jay Z into stardom in 1989. The two were close friends and they used to perform together during their concerts. One day, Jaz-O was on stage and introduced Jay Z as HOV.
Jay Z liked the name and decided to keep it. And that is how he got his famous nickname!
This is just a snippet of why Jay Z is called Hov. If you want to read more about him, make sure to check out his Wikipedia page!
Why Is He Currently In News?
When you see Jay-Z flashing a new tattoo on his hand, you’d think that it’s just another awesome body art by one of the coolest rappers in the world. But the “H” and “C” symbols on his finger actually have a special meaning.
It turns out that Jay-Z has got matching tattoos with wife Beyonce. As reported by E! News, the rapper revealed during his appearance at the New York City’s YES conference last week that he got a tattoo of Roman numeral IV with Beyonce. The reason for this is explained by US Weekly: According to a magazine which shows Jay-Z’s favorite number from his song Crazy in Love, it means that he and his wife are married for the fourth time.
A magazine has recently disclosed the reason behind this tattoo that Jay Z got.
New York Post reported that when Jay was with Beyonce, he was crazy for her and he wrote songs like Crazy in Love, which has a line saying: “I’m just another n—a chasing paper trying to get another one.”
Afterwards, the couple got married and they got the same tattoo as their wedding anniversary present.
The bottom line is that Jay Z is a very successful rapper with an interesting backstory. He got his nickname HOV from one of his close friends, and it has a special meaning. He and Beyonce got matching tattoos to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary.