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Jay-Z Is Hip-Hop's Most Powerful Player

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Jun 05, 2009 | 3:49am EDT

Superstar Jay-Z is proving his status as a hip-hop heavyweight -- he has been named the most powerful person in the rap world.

The “99 Problems” hitmaker (real name Shawn Carter), has landed the top spot on rap magazine The Source's Power 30 list, citing his clothing label Rocawear, his part-ownership of basketball team the New Jersey Nets, and his recent Live Nation deal -- rumored to be worth a whopping $150 million -- as proof of his leadership credentials.

Jay-Z, who is married to Beyonce Knowles, leads the countdown ahead of Sean 'Diddy' Combs, 50 CentLil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.

President Barack Obama also gets an honorary mention on the list in recognition of his influence on the young hip-hop generation.

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