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He may tease his fans with retirement plans, but Jay-Z never seems to quit. After taking a few years off, the hip-hop mogul recently released his 13th studio album, 4:44. Naturally, he’s hitting the road in support of the album, bringing the 4:44 Tour to arenas across North America this autumn (get your tickets right here on

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jay-Z’s verses are peppered with references to the city where he got his start. If you want to experience the Big Apple via the dense lyricism of one of New York City’s most acclaimed artists, get in an Empire State of mind with these Hova-inspired destinations.

Yankee Stadium | Flickr CC: Dex

Lyric: “Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game”
Song: Empire State of Mind

In case you didn’t notice the baseball cap that he’s been sporting for the better part of his career, Jay-Z is a longtime Yankees fan. While you might not be able to afford the primo seats he usually occupies at Yankee Stadium, you can still find a spot in the stands (get baseball tickets on, too) and enjoy America’s pastime in the middle of the Bronx—don’t forget to root for the home team.

Lyric: “And I sip fine wines and spit vintage flows”
Song: Can’t Knock the Hustle

Owned by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and famous for its appearance in the most recent season of Master of None, the Four Horsemen is a wine bar with some clout. That makes the Williamburg spot the perfect place to sip a glass of one of Jay-Z’s preferred beverages, choosing from a curated menu of more than 200 bottles from France, Italy and Spain.

Colorful amusement park carnival architecture at Coney Island in Brooklyn

Lyric: “…you better roll deep goin’ through Coney Island”
Song: BK Anthem

Growing up in Brooklyn, there’s little doubt that a young Jay-Z caught the Q train to Coney Island, a beachfront escape frequented by residents and tourists alike. If you’re not enjoying the sand and waves, you can take a stroll on the boardwalk, ride the famous Cyclone roller coaster or grab a hot dog from Nathan’s.

Brooklyn Bridge Park right before sunset. Brooklyn, New York City. Shot in June, 2016.

 Lyric: “I coulda bought a place in Dumbo before it was Dumbo/For like 2 million”
Song: The Story of O.J.

Tech startups and luxury condos have taken over Dumbo, but the neighborhood under the Brooklyn bridge still has plenty to offer, even if you can’t afford to live there. Go for a walk in the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre waterfront recreation space that boasts basketball courts, a roller rink and stunning views of the New York skyline.

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The Museum of Modern Art | Flickr CC: Jon Rubin

Lyric: “Christie’s with my missy, live at the MoMA”
Song: Picasso Baby

After making several hip-hop masterpieces, Jay-Z revealed himself as an art lover on a track from his album Magna Carta… Holy Grail. You might see pieces by some of the rapper’s favorite artists when you visit the Museum of Modern Art—this autumn’s lineup of exhibitions includes a survey of Surrealist artist Max Ernst and a show exploring the creative process of sculptor Louise Bourgeois.

Buildings on Riverside Boulevard and Manhattan view over Hudson River

Lyric: “Look for me! Young, B, cruisin’ down the West Side Highway”
Song: ’03 Bonnie & Clyde

Want to see the sights that set Jay-Z’s and his then-girlfriend Beyoncé’s hearts a-flutter? Hail a cab and ask your driver to take the scenic route along the West Side Highway, which runs along the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan. You’ll pass points of interest like the High Line pedestrian path and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum—plus, you might catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty.

Lyric: “Who be, in a Japanese restaurant, eating sushi/Drinking sake”
Song: (Always Be My) Sunshine

You can find some of the most painstakingly authentic sushi in New York, but if you’re looking for something a bit more innovative, try Sushi Seki. With locations in Chelsea, Times Square and the Upper East Side, this Japanese restaurant is upscale, but not to the point where you’ll be forced to blow an entire paycheck. There’s delicious yellowtail, tuna and salmon on the menu, as well as a robust list of sake—Jay-Z would approve.

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