Jay-Z, or Shawn Carter to his family and friends, is a 17-time Grammy winning recording artist, a businessman with an almost $500 million net worth and the husband of Beyonce.

And, if that wasn't enough, Jay-Z has the ability to travel through time.

That's the conclusion many are drawing after the Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture released from their archives a very interesting photo that was taken in Harlem in 1939.

In the shot, which comes from photographer Sid Grossman, a man who looks almost exactly like Jay-Z strikes a casual, if somewhat menacing, pose.

Suddenly the presence of Jay-Z on 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack makes a little more sense.

Of course there could be reasons for this other than time travel. When a photo from the 19th century of what appeared to be Nicolas Cage was revealed in 2011, the general consensus was that this proved the eccentric 'Ghost Rider' star was a vampire.

John Travolta and Sylvester Stallone have also been spotted in images that were produced long before their alleged date of birth.

Now that Jay-Z has joined this club of celebrity time travelers/vampires/general immortals conspiracy theorist will likely look to the Illuminati for answers.

What do you think? Is this photo proof there's something suspicious about Jay-Z?

More From TheFW