Back in 1988, way before his platinum selling records, sports agencies, or knocking up Beyoncé days, Jay Z got his photograph snapped while driving around London in this hooptie.

For a man who now has enough money to do things like this with 100 thousand dollar cars just for a music video, HOV has come along way.

Now we finally know what he meant in “Dead Presidents II” when he rapped “Partna, I’m still spending money from ’88.” Because apparently he was making lots of it selling drugs presumably, the 300E was the hottest car you could get at that time.

Jay Z driving in a hooptie

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Jay Z driving in a hooptie