Jay-Z Lookalike Discovered Living In Depression Era New York Back In 1939

10 May 2013, 14:41

The 'Empire State Of Mind' rapper had an uncanny lookalike who lived over seventy years ago.

Jay-Z's best ever lookalike has been found on a picture taken way back in 1939 in the Harlem area of New York City.

The '99 Problems' rapper's doppelgänger is the subject of a picture that emerged this week after being discovered by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which forms part of the New York Public Library.

Taken by photographer Sid Grossman over seventy years ago, the picture is of an unknown man who bears a striking resemblance to the modern-day rapper.

"Does the man on the right remind you of someone?" the Center wrote alongside the picture this week. "Perhaps it was his great-grandfather taking a break in Harlem in 1939.

Check out the 1939 picture that features a Jay-Z lookalike below (Credit: Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture):

Jay-Z Lookalike

The 'Young Forever' rapper is widely believed to be working on a brand new album at present, his first release since the 2009 album 'The Blueprint 3'.

Jay-Z also features on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's new film The Great Gatsby, alongside his wife Beyonce.

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