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the LIST: Top 10 Jay-Z Tracks, All-Time

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Updated: November 12, 2007

Jay-Z’s 10th album, American Gangster, came out this past Tuesday. This blog at fastcompany.com recognizes Jigga’s marketing acumen with tying his release to a potential blockbuster movie. The album, originally available on iTunes, was pulled, even though it was initially offered as a pre-order on Apple’s mp3 site. A sly Rocafella excuse for the removal was issued, citing Jay’s desire to sell the work in it’s entirety, and not as thin-sliced individual tracks. iTunes sales are included in SoundScan numbers, so Jay-Z might be missing out on some numbers; and why couldn’t iTunes offer the sale of American Gangster as an entire album only? I’m not sure. In any case, I haven’t copped it yet, but expect to soon. Whatever.

But in honor of all this, I present the top 10 Jay-Z songs of all time.

First, the last 5 that didn’t make the cut:

15. Excuse Me Miss
album: The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, year: 2002, producer: The Neptunes

14. December 4th
album: Black Album, year: 2003, producer: Just Blaze

13. Cashmere Thoughts
album: Reasonable Doubt, year: 1996, producer: Clark Kent

12. Streets Is Watching
album: In My Lifetime – Vol. 1, year: 1997, producer: Ski

11. Takeover
album: The Blueprint, year: 2001, producer: Kanye West

And now the Top 10…..

10. Lucifer
album: Black Album, year: 2003, producer: Kanye West

9. Blueprint 2
album: The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, year: 2002, producer: Charlemagne

8. Public Service Announcement
album: Black Album, year: 2003, producer: Just Blaze

7. Politics As Usual
album: Reasonable Doubt, year: 1996, producer: Ski

6. Imaginary Player
album: In My Lifetime – Vol. 1, year: 1997, producer: Daven Vanderpool

5. Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)
album: The Blueprint, year: 2001, producer: Kanye West

4. Where I’m From
album: In My Lifetime – Vol. 1, year: 1997, producer: Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence & Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie

3. Can I Live
album: Reasonable Doubt, year: 1996, producer: DJ Irv

2. Encore
album: Black Album, year: 2003, producer: Kanye West

1. This Can’t Be Life featuring Beanie Sigel & Scarface
album: Dynasty, year: 2000, producer: Kanye West

As a bonus, here is the top 7 tracks of other artists whose songs include the rhymes of J-Hova as a guest.

7. Why We Die – Busta Rhymes, also ft. DMX
album: Anarchy, year: 2000, producer: P. Killer Trackz

6. Think It’s A Game – Beanie Sigel, also ft. Freeway & Lil’ Chris
album: The Reason, year: 2001, producer: Bernard “Big Demi” Parker

5. Is That Your Chick? – Memphis Bleek, also ft. Twista & Missy Elliot
album: The Understanding, year: 2000, producer: Timbaland

4. Still Got Love For You – Beanie Sigel, also ft. Rell
album: The Reason, year: 2001, producer: Just Blaze

3. Guess Who’s Back – Scarface, also ft. Beanie Sigel
album: The Fix, year: 2002, producer: Kanye West

2. What We Do – Freeway, also ft. Beanie Sigel
album: Philadelphia Freeway, year: 2003, producer: Bink & Just Blaze

1. Dear Summer – Memphis Bleek
album: 534, year: 2005, producer: Just Blaze
(actually, this is technically a Jay-Z song since Bleek, or anyone else, doesn’t rap)

Thoughts? Comments? Your Top 10?


3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    November 13, 2007 at 1:58 am

    Glad to see Imaginary Player on the list, I think there could have been a couple of selections off of In My Lifetime.

    Are you distinguishing between track versions? Don’t sleep on the unplugged album. H To The Izzo with the Roots on backup is pretty solid.

    “Ain’t no platinum in those cardiarres, switch your frame
    Ain’t no manicures on board, then switch your plane.”

  2. Anonymous

    December 9, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    what happen to Allure?

  3. Matt

    June 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    10. Big pimpin: Life: and times of S Carter
    9. Dirt off your shoulder: Black Album
    8. 99 problems: Black Album
    7. Anything: the truth
    6. A star is Born: Blueprint 3
    5. Show me What you got: kingdom come
    4. Roc boys: American Gangster
    3. Ain’t no Nigga: Reasonable Doubt
    2. Young forever: Blueprint 3
    1. Izzo(HOVA): the Blueprint

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