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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor.

He appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest on December 16, 2000 where he performed "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and "Is That Your Chick" and appears on the "Murder in the Make Believe Ballroom" live commercial sketch where he accidentally mutters the word, "Shit!" when the ashes of his cigar fall off, on November 2, 2002 where he performed "Guns & Roses" (with Lenny Kravitz) and "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (with later-wife Beyoncé Knowles) and on May 8, 2010 where he performed a medley of "Public Service Announcement," "On to the Next One," "99 Problems," "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Empire State of Mind" (featuring back-up singer Bridget Kelly) and "Young Forever" (with Mr. Hudson), which he also dedicated to guest host Betty White. He then again appeared as a musical guest on September 30, 2017 for the Season 43 premiere with host Ryan Gosling where he with Damien Marley performed "Bam" and after he performed "4:44". He also made cameos on May 17, 2003, where he joined later-wife Beyoncé Knowles' performance of "Crazy In Love" with host Dan Aykroyd for the season finale of Season 28 and on March 9, 2013 where he joined Justin Timberlake's performance of "Suit & Tie."

He was also impersonated by Jay Pharoah on the January 15, 2011 episode during the "Bar Mitzvah" sketch, on the February 18, 2012 episode during the "Baby Blue Ivy" sketch and on the April 14, 2012 episode during the "America's Next Top Empire State Of Mind Parody Artist" sketch.


<gallery> File:SNL Jay-Z.jpg File:SNL Jay Pharoah - Jay-Z.jpg|Jay Pharoah as Jay-Z on the January 15, 2011 episode during the "Bar Mitzvah" sketch.