It is not the first time he has dropped the hyphen from his famous moniker, but Jay−Z wants to make it official as he reveals that he prefers the Jay and the Z to stand alone as proud.
After almost two decades in the music industry, the rapper seems to want a change and has sent a missive through his record label Roc Nation to several publications warning them that he is removing the hyphen between the Jay and the Z of his stage name.
The artwork for his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail proves the rapper’s desire to have the hyphen removed as his name is imprinted as Jay Z and it’s certainly presented in the metadata for the album’s iTunes version.
According to Billboard editor Joe Levy, the 99 Problems hit maker made his wishes explicit as he tweeted o his Twitter page: “Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.)”
Levy followers were quick to point out that the rapper – whose real name is Shawn Carter – has tried to change his moniker in the past.
The Billboard editor said: “He dropped it a while ago [but] … no one seems to have noticed. Seems change was made on [Watch the Throne]. Didn’t take, though. The hyphen is strong.”
And it appears after further investigation, Jay – Z has been Jay Z for more than we have noticed. In some materials for 2009’s The Blueprint 3, and in the liner notes of Watch The Throne, his collaborative 2011 with Kanye West, his pseudonym has been presented as Jay Z. he is also unpunctuated in the title of his website. Nonetheless, the hyphen was still there on Blueprint 3’s cover, the front of Jay’s recent book, and the artwork for Watch the Throne’s lead single, H.A.M.