1939 Jay-Z Look-Alike Photo Surfaces, Reignites Conspiracy Theories

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A Jay-Z look-alike in a photo dated 1939 has surfaced, breathing new life into conspiracy theories about the rapper and his alleged ties to the Illuminati.

The photograph of a Harlem man was dredged up by a New York Public Library digital curator and quickly went viral due to his similarities to the rapper:

1939 Jay-Z Look-Alike

The image, titled “Harlem Loiterers," shows the Jay-Z look-alike in a pea coat and newsboy cap, slouched against the front railing of a building.

The New York Public Library confirmed the photo’s authenticity and said that it was taken by an American photographer named Sid Grossman in 1939.

In a post on the library’s Tumblr, Sylviane A. Diouf, curator of the organization's digital archives, said the Jay-Z likeness was the first thing she noticed:

“I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud ... I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”

The New York Times attributed the viral photo to the human brain’s tendency to search out facial similarities as a common occurrence in our daily lives.

Not surprisingly, this explanation has not satisfied the Internet.

While most Reddit commenters were good with a laugh or a Jay-Z pun, the conspiracy theorists suggested that the photo was evidence of ... something.

The photo has reignited the longtime debate over whether or not Jay-Z is a member of the Illuminati, the mysterious secret society that runs us all.

At least one website has noted Jay-Z’s ring, which looks suspiciously like an Illuminati ring, an ancient emblem of the long-rumored, elite group.

Illuminati theorists believe that the ultra-secret occult society rules the world using sophisticated mind control techniques, and that Jay-Z is a member.

How a 1939 doppelganger fits into that, we have no idea. Details ...

Certain subreddits have espoused even crazier ideas than that.

One conspiracy theory is that the rapper and business mogul traveled back in time to 1939 to conduct some informal research for The Great Gatsby.

Seriously. Never mind that Gatsby takes place more than a decade earlier ... or that time machines do not exist. Again, just a few minor details.

Another fun one? Jay-Z is a vampire. As we know from The Vampire Diaries, the blood-sucking beasts don’t age like humans do. Think about it.

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More free publicity for the wacko.

Mike-dante

Wow, 2 black guys who look alike, how the fvck is this news? Idiots...

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Lol, learn to reply to the appropriate posts guys! You lot are more entertaining than the article...

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seriusly i wna say i think its realy him,hes not a vampire or antything but i realy think hes does kind of people that iz immortal ,all does times he must ave killed many people to still be alive n living amongs us,watch out guys juju iz cumg to get us

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He's got 99 problems and the fact that hes UGLY is the biggest one.

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Jay z and Beyonce are the ugliest couple ive seen in awhile...friggin ugly as hell.Its only because of liberal white guilt that they are even celebrities.No talent HACKS

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@ he man

I agree, how are these 2 hacks famous? I would not contribute a penny to make these ghetto heroes more money - f them

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nikkaz all look da same..surprized???

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@ he man

So does rednecks and crackers. Racist a$$ hole.

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Oh come on....yes, It's plausible that Jay-z is a part of the illuminati. But to say that he's a vampire....can't really go there with ya...I will say that we all have a twin out there somewhere, I actually got to see mine. And it was a dude of all people! Strangely enough, we spoke and I found out that we shared the,same bday! So he was literally a brother from another mother for real! LOL ;-) small world right!

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@ Marianna

Agree!

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@ Marianna

i thought that all white people look the same.but i suppose you think that Jay Z and Denzel Washington look alike too ?HA Ha Racist Bitch Not Kool

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@ kim

Never mind, no worries. My bad. Sorry for flying off the handle like that... :-(

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@ kim

P.S. I'm black you Goddamned fool!

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@ Marianna

I meant my comment to kim not Marianne. Marianne, u said nothing wrong

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@ Marianna

Yeah, you're stupid! It was the person before her that said something racist... She said nothing racist at all! Might want to read all comments and figure out whom said what

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@ kim

Are you high and fucking crazy you stupid CUNT. I never said any such thing. Read what I said alloud then see where I said that all black People look alike. I was strictly speaking from my own experience you dumb BITCH. Learn to fucking read you illiterate CUNT.

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It isn't surprising to have a look-a-like. If I found a random picture of a girl from the 1800s who looked exactly like me, that means I'm a part of the illuminati?
. . . Stupid.

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@ Don'tWorry

Comment above was for he man not Marianna

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Losers believe this shit.

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