Definitive Jay-Z Song List (Part 3) #25-1

#25. The Watcher 2 ft. Dr. Dre, and Rakim – I think this has to be the most “underrated” Jay-Z song of all time! Not a soul speaks about this track, but they definitely should!… Hov flows fatal on this one, not to mention it features two of hip hop’s most influential pioneers on it as well. These different elements combine to make this a song to remember…

#24. Never Change – This marks a Kanye West debut of sorts. Kanye’s voice appears on the hook of this song from 2001. He doesn’t rap, but it’s cool to hear his voice this early in his development as an artist. As far as Jay’s concerned on this track… It’s more of what you would expect from the Jigga of this era. Tight lyricism, and great storytelling are a couple words that come to mind…

#23.  Politics As Usual – I love the instrumental on this track! It gives the listener the feeling of cruising in their car on a cool summer day. Maybe I’m crazy for feeling that strongly about an instrumental, but that’s what I experience every time I listen this joint…

#22. Moment of Clarity – “If skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be lyrically Talib Kweli. Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense, but I did 5 mill’ – I ain’t been rhyming like Common since”. Those are the types of memorable “bars” you can expect from this Jay in this one. In almost anyone else’s catalog this track would probably be “top 10”, but Jay-Z’s a different type of MC…

#21. Brooklyn’s Finest ft. Notorious B.I.G – I have to be honest with you, i’m kind of disappointed with how this record turned out… I’m not saying this isn’t a good song or anything (it’s number 21 on my list), but this should’ve been an easy “top 5” considering who was involved. I wanted to “love” this track, instead of just “liking” it a lot…

#20.  Encore – MTV once came up with an idea to have the best rock group of the era (Linkin Park), and the best rapper of the era (Jay-Z), collaborate on couple of songs together so that they could then perform  a” once in a lifetime” televised concert… The results from this “experiment” weren’t terrible. The Linkin Park version of this particular song is tolerable, although I still prefer the original version by far…

#19. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – One of the best Jay-Z summer anthem’s!… This song has one of those hooks that will get stuck in your head for hours after you listen to it. If this is a problem for you, you might want to skip this one.

#18. Empire State of Mind ft. Alicia Keys – I think the main reason why people tend to not like Jay-Z’s work after he came out of retirement is because of songs like this one. You could call it “selling out”, I wouldn’t call it that though. He got more “pop” the deeper he got into his career. Being married to the biggest “pop” star in the world probably impacted this trend somewhat…

#17. Dirt Off Your Shoulder – This one’s a “fan favorite”. People who know nothing about hip hop can recite every word of this song…

#16. What More Can I Say – Jay-Z was on “fire” when how wrote this one. Some of the punch lines in this song hit like a sledgehammer! You definitely can’t accuse Jay of “falling off” during the “Black Album era” because it’s simply not true…

#15. Can I Live – Rappers love this song, it’s been referenced in countless tracks over the years. It’s one of the often forgotten gems from Jay’s classic debut album…

#14. N*gga What, N*gga Who (Originator 99) ft. Jaz-O – Jay-Z reunites with his old “partner” Jaz-O for this uptempo jam. These two had a great chemistry “back in the day”, so as you would expect both rappers perform excellently together on this track. The hook is simple, but the flow is one of the most complex of Jay’s entire career…

#13. Streets is Talking ft. Beanie Sigel – “Streets is Watching” is basically the “original” version of this song. So why isn’t that “original” song on my list? For some odd reason, it is damn near impossible to find an unedited version of that song. Thus i prefer the “Streets is Talking” over the latter…

#12. U Don’t Know – The remix of this song with M.O.P. is one of my favorite Jay tracks as well, but i give the original the slight nod over that version due to the “strength” of lyrical content found within the original…

#11. Money, Cash, Hoes – The beat on this song is fucking crazy. This is one of the earlier beats from legendary music producer Swizz Beatz. With beats like this, it’s no wonder why Jay has continued to collaborate with Swizz over the last twenty years… 

#10. Heart of the City – You could tell Jay-Z was feeling bitter when he wrote this record. For everything Jay had contributed to the “Hip hop culture” up to that point, people weren’t giving him the same level of respect as some of his contemporaries. Namely 2Pac and Biggie. Jigga clearly felt some type of way about this, and voiced his frustration on this track…

 #9. D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune) – This is the song that single handily destroyed T-pain’s career. Hov has a history of doing this to certain rappers. Mobb Deep and Busta Rhymes are a few names that come to mind…

#8. Where I’m From – “I’m from the place where the church is the flakiest
And n*ggas is praying to God so long that they atheist. Where you can’t put your vest away and say you’ll wear it tomorrow ’cause the day after we’ll be saying, “Damn, I was just with him yesterday.”… “Verse 2” of this song is one of my favorite rap verses of all time. Classic Jay here!…

#7. 99 Problems – Easily the best hook Jay ever produced! Producer Rick Ruben works his magic on this track, giving it that “old school Beastie Boys/Run DMC” sound Ruben is best known for. This makes “99 Problems” the “biggest hit” on Jay-Z’s “final” farewell album… Damn, that’s a lot of apostrophes…

#6. A Million and One Questions (DJ Premier Remix) – “I know what y’all n*ggas asking yourself. Is he gonna ever fall off? NO!”… This is my favorite Jay-Z song ever! Why?… Because it’s just a really good track. The “bars” are memorable, and the “freestyle” flow Jay is known for is as potent as ever here…

#5. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) – If you were to tell someone in the late 90’s that soon a song from the “Annie” movie would be the chorus of a chart topping hip hop single, they would probably think you were naive or just plain stupid. In reality this is what actually happened! Not just that, but it’s arguably the biggest record of Jay-Z’s entire career! Who could’ve foreseen that happening?!?…

#4. Takeover – A lot of “shots” were fired in this one. Not since 2Pac was alive had we seen this level of “savagery” on a track. Jay tried to permanently “bury” Nas and Mobb Deep with this joint… Hey it didn’t happen, but it wasn’t due to a lack of trying on Jay’s part. Oh and for the record, “Takeover” is better than “Ether”… Just saying…

#3. Big Pimpin’ ft. UGK – I think the “Big Pimpin’” instrumental would have to be considered the most “iconic ” instrumental of any Jay-Z song! There was no rapper who benefited more from the death of Biggie and 2Pac, then Jay-Z in the late 90’s. This song is synonyms with the “run” Jay had in this time period, where there was no longer any question of who “ruled” the hip hip kingdom. Adding southern legends UGK to the mix gave this record “mass appeal”, and probably Jay’s biggest hip hop record too date…

#2. Renegade ft. Eminem – When you think of  a”dream” track between the best rappers of an era, it usually sounds better in theory then it does in actual reality. This song right here, is a MAJOR EXCEPTION to that rule… Both rappers bring their “A” games here, which in turn creates the vibe of a real “competition” throughout the entire track. Both rappers want “the crown”, and neither rapper is willing to concede to their competition. So who winds up “wining” in the end? Most people would probably say Eminem took this one. Does this mean Eminem is a better rapper then Jay-Z? Hell the fuck nah…

#1. Dead Presidents II – When I think of “great” Jay-Z songs, this is usually the first song to pop into my head. I don’t think Jay was at his very best when he made his this track, but there was a certain level of ambition in the “Reasonable Doubt era”; that lacked in “2000’s era” Jay-Z, and beyond. Jay was still a major “underdog” to this point, and this was the song that really propelled him as an artist into the “mainstream” hip hop scene. Jay might not be perceived as the rapper he is today if it wasn’t for this very influential record…


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The Definitive Jay-Z Song List! (Part 2) #50-26

#50. The Ruler’s Back – “Here’s a couple of jewels to help you get through your bid in prison. A ribbon in the sky, keep your head high. I, Young ‘Vito, voice of the young people, Mouthpiece for hustlers. I’m back motherf#ckers. Your reign on the top was shorter than leprechauns. Why y’all can’t fuck with Hov’, what type of X why y’all on? I got great lawyers for cops so dress warm. Charges don’t stick to dude he’s teflon.”…

#49. Real N*ggaz ft. Too $hort – “We started out making, small time bacon. Two little niggas baking, talking bout whipping cakes. Get clothing and big cheddar, hoping it gets better. We had no knowledge of this sh*t we just was with whatever. In front of your building clocking, thought I was making a killing. Right in front of your children, eight ball in my side pocket. They was corrupt too, disrespecting the fiends I used to Look up to, take it or leave it, f#ck you.”…

#48. So Ghetto – “We spray corners, stand there like you got a cape on ya, fine. You’ll be wearing a black suit a long time. I put your crew in hard bottoms. The priest is like, “God’s got him, He never did nuttin to nobody but them boys shot him”. Brandish iron, outlandish buyin. Bentley Coupes, not braggin just simply the truth. We all from the ghetto, only difference, we go back.”…

#47. Allure – “The allure of breaking the law, Was always too much for me to ever ignore. I’ve got a thing for the big-body Benzes, it dulls my senses. In love with a V-Dub engine. Man, I’m high off life, f#ck it, I’m wasted. Bathing Ape kicks, Audemars Piguet wrist. My women friends get tennis bracelets. Trips to Venice, get their Winters replaced with. The sun, it ain’t even fun no more, I’m jaded. Man, it’s just a game, I just play it to play it.”…

#46. H.a.m – “F*** y’all mad at me for? Y’all don’t even know what I’ve been through. I play chicken with a Mack truck. Y’all mothaf***ers woulda been moved. I swam waters with great whites. Y’all mothaf***ers woulda been chewed. I hustle with vultures late nights. Y’all mothaf***ers woulda been food. F*** wrong with these dudes? Try to walk around in these shoes. See the s*** I saw growing up, And maybe you can take a peek at these boo’s.”…

#45. December 4Th – “I was conceived by Gloria Carter and Adaness Revees, Who made love under the Sycamore tree.Which makes me A more sicker emcee than my momma would claim. At ten pounds when I was born I didn’t give her no pain. Although through the years I gave her her fair share. I gave her her first real scare. I made it from birth and I got here. She knows my purpose wasn’t purpose I ain’t perfect. I care, But I feel worthless cause my shirts wasn’t matching my gear. Now I’m just scratching the surface cause what’s buried under there. Was a kid torn apart once his pop disappeared.”…

#44. Blue Magic – “So what if you flip a couple words, I could triple that in birds. Open your mind you see the circus in the sky. I’m Ringling brothers Barnum and Bailey with the pies. No matter how you slice it I’m your motherf#cking guy. Just like a B-Boy with 360 waves. Do the same with the pot, still come back beige.”…

#43. It’s Hot (Some Like It Hot) – “Go against Jigga yo’ ass is dense. I’m about a dollar, what the f#ck is 50 Cents? Hot sh*t, kick a n*gga, turn these mics out. My jewelry so bright you can turn these lights out. Hovah’s like Noah keep two in the truck. I’m like U-Haul; every b*tch movin I f#ck. You move slut, I gotta put two in your butt. I’m everything: the when’s, why’s, who’s, and what. N*gga what?”…

#42. Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up) ft. Amil & Beanie Sigel  – “By the way, yo.. How the f#ck you gon’ talk about MC’s on our heel? When we just cop them things homie the chromey wheels. Both arms are chunky the sleeves on chill. Any given times a hundred G’s in your grill. Don’t talk to me ’bout MC’s got skills. “He’s alright, but he’s not real”. Jay-Z’s that deal, with seeds in a field. Never fear for war, hug, squeeze that steel.”…

#41. Can I Get A… – “Can I hit in the MORNIN, without givin you half of my dough, And even worse if I was broke would you WANT ME? If I couldn’t get you finer things, like all of them diamond rings b*tches KILL FOR, would you STILL ROLL?
If we couldn’t see the sun risin off the shore of Thailand, would you RIDE THEN, if I wasn’t DRIVIN? If I wasn’t ah, eight figure n*gga by the name of Jigga would you come around me or would you clown me?”…

#40. Justify My Thug – “And I ain’t never been to jail, I ain’t never pay a n*gga To do no dirt for me I was scared to do myself. I will never tell, even if it means sittin in a cell. I ain’t never ran, never will. I ain’t never been smacked, a n*gga better keep his hands To himself or get clapped for what’s under that man’s belt. I never asked for nothin I don’t demand of myself. Honesty, loyalty, friends and then wealth. Death before dishonor and I tell you what else. I tighten my belt ‘fore I beg for help.”…

#39. 4:44 – “Meant to cry and die alone in these mansions. Or sleep with our back turned. We’re supposed to vacay ’til our backs burn. We’re supposed to laugh ’til our hearts stop. And then we end a space with a dark stop. And let love light the way. Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face.”…

#38. Ni**as in Paris – “Ball so hard, this sh*t weird. We ain’t even ‘pose to be here. Ball so hard, since we here. It’s only right that we be fair. Psycho, I’m liable to be go Michael. Take your pick, Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6. Ball so hard, got a broke clock, Rollies that don’t tick tock. Audemars that’s losing time, hidden behind all these big rocks. Ball so hard, I’m shocked too, I’m supposed to be locked up too. You escaped what I’ve escaped. You’d be in Paris getting f#cked up too.”…

#37. Gotta Have It – “Whats up ma’fucka, where my money at? You gon’ make me come down to your house where yo’ mommy at. Mummy wrap the kids, have ’em cryin’ for they mommy back. Dummy that your daddy is, tell ’em I just want my racks.”…

#36. I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) – “Yeah, save the narrative, you savin’ it for marriage. Let’s keep it real ma, you savin’ it for karats. You wanna see how far I’m a go. How, much I’ma spend but you already know. Zip, zero, stingy with dinero. Might buy you Crist’, but that about it. Might light your wrist, but that about it.”…

#35. Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…) – “First of all I wan’ thank my connect. The most important person with all due respect. Thanks for to duffle bag, the brown paper bag, The Nike shoe box for holding all this cash. Boys in blue who put greed before the badge. The first pusher whoever made the stash. The Roc Boys in the building tonight. Oh what a feeling I’m feeling life. Thanks to the lames, n*ggas bad aim. Thanks to a little change I tore you out the game. Bullet wounds will stop your buffoonery. Thanks to the pastor rapping at your eulogy. To Lil Kim and them, you know the women friend Who, carry the work cross state for a gentlemen. Yeah, thanks to all the hustlers. And most importantly you, the customer.”…

#34. Show Me What You Got – “Words is slurring, engine purring. Mami frontin’, but I’m so determined. Shots of Patron, now she’s in a zone. I ain’t talking about the 2-3. Mami in the zone like the homie 2-3. Jordan or James, makes no difference, boo. I’m ballin’ the same, n*gga, I am the Mike Jordan of recording. N*gga, you might want to fall back from recording. Sh*t that you write; it’s not important. So it forced him to go for the hype. For being brave, and they may applaud him. Well, misery I will assure them. Aw, baby, just ignore them.”

#33. Lost One – “My nephew died in the car I bought. So I’m under the belief it’s partly my fault. Close my eyes and squeeze, try to block that thought. Place any burden on me but please, not that, Lord. But time don’t go back, it goes forward. Can’t run from the pain, go towards it. Some things can’t be explained, what caused it. Such a beautiful soul, so pure ***. Gonna see you again, I’m sure of it ‘Til that time, little man, I’m nauseous. Your girlfriend’s pregnant, the Lord’s gift. Almost lost my faith, that restored it. It’s like havin’ your life restarted. Can’t wait for your child’s life, to be a part of it. So now I’m child-like, waitin’ for a gift. To return when I lost you, I lost it.”…

#32. Success ft. Nas – “I used to give a f#ck, now I give a f#ck less. What do I think of success? It sucks, too much stress. I guess I blew up quick, ‘cause friends I grew up with, See me as a premie, but I’m not, and my nuts big. I don’t know what the fuss is, my career is illustrious. My rep is impeccable; I’m not to be f#cked with with.”…

#31. Interlude – “Allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Hov’ (oh) H-to-the-O-V. I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z. I guess even back then you can call me. CEO of the R-O-C, Hov’. Fresh out the frying pan into the fire. I be the, music biz number one supplier. Flier than a piece of paper bearing my name. Got the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain.”…

#30. Can’t Knock the Hustle ft. Mary J. Blige – “Bouncing in the Lex Luger, tires smoke like Buddha. 50 G’s to the crap shooter, n*ggas can’t fade me. Chrome socks beaming, Through my peripheral I see ya scheming. Stop dreaming, I leave your body steaming. N*ggas is fiending, what’s the meaning? I’m leaning on any n*gga intervening. With the sound of my money machine-in. My cup runneth, over with hundreds. I’m one of the best n*ggas that done it, six digits and runnin’.”…

#29. A Week Ago ft. Too $hort – “F#ck it, the same thing make you laugh make you cry. That’s right, the same game that make you mad could make you die. It’s a dice game, and sometimes you crap. Who woulda thought you’d get popped one time and rat? Now you know that’s bad when your sister is mad. And your son gotta grow up like, “This is my dad?”. The labelling of a snitch is a lifetime scar. You’ll always be in jail n*gga, just minus the bars.”…

#28. Song Cry – “That’s your fault, how many times you forgiven me? How was I to know that you was plain sick of me? I know the way a n*gga livin’ was whack, But you don’t get a n*gga back like that! Sh*t, I’m a man with pride, you don’t do sh*t like that. You don’t just pick up and leave and leave me sick like that. You don’t throw away what we had, just like that. I was just f#ckin’ them girls, I was gon’ get right back.”…

#27. Imaginary Players – “I spit that other sh*t. That’s the nice motherf#cker sh*t. Fed time follow me around, deep cover sh*t n*gga. You beer money, I’m all year money. I’m popping, you ain’t got to count it, it’s all there money. I never change money ’cause n*ggas got strange money. Knocked up, marked up, f#cked up in the game money. I got bail money, XXL money. You got flash now, one time we’ll reveal money. I spit the hottest sh*t, you need it I got it sh*t. That down South Master P, bout it bout it sh*t.”…

#26. D’evils – “We used to fight for building blocks. Now we fight for blocks with buildings that make a killing. The closest of friends when we first started. But grew apart as the money grew, and soon grew black-hearted. Thinking back when we first learned to use rubbers. He never learned so in turn I’m kidnapping his baby’s mother. My hand around her collar, feeding her cheese. She said the taste of dollars was shitty so I fed her fifties. About his whereabouts I wasn’t convinced.
So I kept feeding her money ’til her sh*t started to make sense. Who could ever foresee, we used to stay up all night at slumber parties. now I’m trying to rock this b*tch to sleep. All the years we were real close. Now I see his fears through her tears, know she’s wishing we were still close.”…


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The Definitive Jay-Z Song List! (Part 1) #75-51

#75. No Church in the Wild ft. Frank Ocean – “Tears on the mausoleum floor. Blood stains the Coliseum doors. Lies on the lips of a priest. Thanksgiving disguised as a feast. Rollin’ in the Rolls-Royce Corniche. Only the doctors got this, I’m hidin’ from police. Cocaine seats, All white like I got the whole thing bleached.”…

#74. The Story of O.J. – “But I’m tryin’ to give you a million dollars worth of game for nine ninety-nine. I turned that two to a four, four to an eight. I turned my life into a nice first week release date, mm Y’all out here still takin’ advances, huh? Me and my n*ggas takin’ real chances, uh. Y’all on the ‘gram holdin’ money to your ear. There’s a disconnect, we don’t call that money over here, yeah.”…

#73. Otis ft. Otis Redding – “Photo shoot fresh, looking like wealth. I’m ’bout to call the paparazzi on myself. Uh, live from the Mercer, run up on Yeezy the wrong way, I might murk ya. Flee in the G four fifty I might surface. Political refugee, asylum can be purchased. Uh, everything’s for sale, I got five passports I’m never going to jail.”…

#72. Moonlight – “Fake Dracos all in the videos. We show ’em, we shoot ’em in my city though. I don’t post no threats on the Internet, I just pose a threat, blame Lenny S for that. I don’t be on the ‘Gram goin’ ham, Givin’ information to the pork, that’s all spam. Please don’t talk about guns, That you ain’t never gon’ use. Y’all always tell on y’all self, I’m just so f#ckin’ confused.”… 

#71. Hola’ Hovito – “One life to live – notice you get no sequel, So I truly got to live this like my last movie. Six oohie, jewels drippin, big toolie. I ball for real, y’all n*ggaz is Sam Bouie, And with the third pick – I made the earth sick. M.J., hem Jay, fade away perfect. I rhyme sicker than every rhyme spitter. Every crime nigga that rhyme or touch a mic because my mind’s quicker.”

#70. 03′ Bonnie & Clyde – “The problem is, you dudes treat the one that you lovin
with the same respect that you treat the one that you humpin. Now they ’bout nothin – if ever you mad about somethin, It won’t be that; oh no it won’t be that.
I don’t be at, places where we comfy at. With no be-atch; oh no you won’t see that.”…

#69. My 1st Song –When you think back, you thought that You would never make it this far, then you Take advantage of the luck you handed Or the talent, you been given. Ain’t no, half stepping, ain’t no, no slipping, Ain’t no different from a block that’s hitting. Gotta get it while the getting’s good, Gotta strike while the iron’s hot, before you stop. Then you gotta bid it, good riddance.”…

#68. Bam ft. Damian Marley – “I can’t take no threats, I got a set of twins. Those were just the words you’ll never hear again. For the final time you don’t believe these fools. I’ve never seen a worker rock so many jewels, I’ve never seen the runner with so many cars. Y’all couldn’t stop me, you’re not as tough as you say you are.”…

#67. Ignorant Sh*t ft. Beanie Sigel – “They’re all actors, lookin’ at themselves in the mirror backwards. Can’t even face themselves, don’t fear no rappers. They’re all weirdos, DeNiros in practice. So don’t believe everythin’ your earlobe captures, it’s mostly backwards.”…

 #66. Brooklyn We Go Hard ft. Santigold – “I father, I Brooklyn Dodger them. I Jack, I rob, I sin. Aw man, I’m Jackie Robinson. Except when I run base, I dodge the pen.”…

#65. Change Clothes – “I know the world glued you back to the wall, You gotta brawl to that. I been through that, been shot at shoot back. Gotta keep it peace like a Buddhist. I ain’t a New Jack nobody goin’ Wesley Snipe me.It’s less than likely, move back. Let I breathe Jedi Knight. The more space I get the better I write.(Oh) Never I write, but, if, ever I write. I need the space to say whatever I like.”…

#64. Kill Jay-Z – “You got people you love you sold drugs to. You got high on life, that shit drugged you. You walkin’ around like you invincible. You dropped outta school, you lost your principles. I know people backstab you, I feel bad, too But this “fuck everybody” attitude ain’t natural. But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe, But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye. You gave him twenty million without blinkin’. He gave you twenty minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’? “Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’. But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”…

#63. Dynasty Intro – “The theme song to The Sopranos, Plays in the key of life on my mental piano. Got a strange way of seeing life like, I’m Stevie Wonder with beads under the doo-rag. Intuition is there even when my vision’s impaired, yeah. Knowing I can go, just switching a spare. On the highway of life, n*gga it’s sharp in my sight. Oh! Keen senses ever since I was a teen on the benches.”…

#62. Run This Town ft. Rihanna & Kanye West – “We are, yeah I said it, we are. This is Roc Nation, pledge your allegiance. Get ya’ll black tees on, all black everything. Black cards, black cars, all black everything. And our girls are blackbirds, ridin’ with they Dillingers. I’d get more in depth, if you boys really real enough.”…

#61. Lucky Me – “Swear to everything when I leave this earth, It’s gon’ be on both feet, never knees in the dirt. You could try me fucka but when I squeeze it hurts, fine We’ll lose two lives, yours and mines. Gimme any amount of time don’t let Ms. Carter grieve, At the funeral parlor drippin’ tears on my sleeve. Told the judge didn’t budge it was him or me. And I ain’t trying to be hard but I’m guilty as charged. Put my mercy on this court and my faith in God, And pray hard none of my nephews wanna be stars…Lucky me.”

#60. Guns & Roses ft. Lenny Kravitz – “Tote, more Guns then Roses, foes is, visibly shook of the invisible book, let’s go. Flowers need water to grow, it gotta rain. And in order to experience joy you need pain. Every time a baby is born, somebody slain. You know the saying, somebody’s loss is another’s gain. The sun comes out when the water goes down the drain. A rainbow then the cloud comes out we do it again.”…

#59. This Cant Be Life ft. Beanie Sigel & Scarface – “See I was, born in sewage, born to make bomb music. Flow tight like I was born Jewish. Used the streets as a conduit, I kept arms 38 longs inside my mom’s buick. At any given moment shawn could lose it, be on the news Iron cuffs, arms through it, or stuffed with embalmin fluid. Shit, I’m going through it, mom dukes too. Tears streamin down her pretty face, she got her palms to it. My life is gettin too wild I need to bring some sort kinda calm to it. Bout to lose it voices screaming “don’t do it!”.”…

#58. Already Home ft. Kid Cudi – “They say that I’m in the way, they want me to sit for them. But what they admitting is they ain’t got shit for him. And really the fact is, we not in the same bracket. Not in the same league, don’t shoot at the same baskets. Don’t pay the same taxes, hang with the same bitches. So how am I in the way, what is it I’m missing? Nigga I been missing, nigga I been gone. The shit that you just witnessing I been on. And as for the critics, tell me I don’t get it. Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it.”…

#57. Heaven – “Arm, leg, leg, arm, head – this is God body. Knowledge, wisdom, freedom, understanding, we just want our equality. Food, clothing, shelter, help a n*gga find some peace. Happiness for a gangsta, ain’t no love in these streets. Conspiracy theorist screaming Illuminati. They can’t believe this much skill is in the human body. He’s 6’2”, how the fuck he fit in a new Bugatti? Aw, f#ck it, you got me.”…

#56. You Must Love Me – “Still haven’t apologized, so please play this back. While I try to come to terms with such a heinous act. You know in more than one way cocaine numbs the brain. All I did was think about how the funds once came. Then I ran across this memory and it stung the brain. How can you ever destroy the beauty from which one came. That’s a savage you’re the reason why me and these beats make a marriage. Why I rhyme above average and I ain’t shit. Glad you got yourself together, no thanks to me. Strong and beautiful the way thangs should be. You must love me.”…

#55. All I Need – “Now understand we can’t be stopped. From blowin’ Swisher Sweets outta candy drops. Like we underground kings, ridin’ dirty. A n*gga been focused since I said hi to 30 (What up?). Young n*ggas, y’all can’t hurt me. Better watch and observe me. And learn how to earn better, I burn cheddar. I set fire to your empire. I blow smoke in your face, burn rubber off the rim tires.”…

#54. La, La, La – “Everybody’s like, “He’s no item! Please don’t like him. He don’t wife ’em, he one nights ’em!” Now she don’t like him, she never met him. Groupies try to take advantage of him, he won’t let ’em. He don’t need ’em, so he treats ’em like he treats ’em. Better them than me, she don’t agree with him. She’s mad at that, he’s not having that. So those opposites attract like mag-a-nets”…

#53. On to the Next One ft. Swizz Beatz – “Hov’ on that new shit, n*ggas like “How come?” N*ggas want my old shit, buy my old albums. N*ggas stuck on stupid, I gotta keep it movin’. N*ggas make the same shit, me I make The Blueprint”…

#52. Girls, Girls, Girls – “I got this indian squaw the day that I met her. Asked her what tribe she with, red dot or feather. She said all you need to know is I’m not a ho, And to get with me you better be Chief Lots-a-Dough. Now that’s Spanish chick, French chick, indian and black. That’s fried chicken, curry chicken, damn I’m gettin fat.”…

#51. Hovi Baby – “They say a midget standing on the giant’s shoulder can see much
Further than the giant (the giant). So I got the WHOLE rap world on my shoulder they tryin to see Further than I am (than I am). And I have been trying to be patient with they preoccupation With David and Goliath (Goliath). But sooner or later, that patience gonna run it’s course And I’m forced to be a tyrant (be a tyrant).”


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