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:
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: