You ever wonder what Jigga, the GOAT of GOAT’s top 5 songs are? Many have, and depending on your source the answer could be very different. Rolling Stone in their infinite wisdom have put together a top 50, and we’ll be breaking down the Top 5 coundown.
U Don’t Know
With bumped up bass and a sped up sample of “I’m Not To Blame,” U Don’t Know has all the hustle Jay Z’s been through in his come-up. From his drug-running days to the formation of the Roc-A-Fella empire and beyond, Hov thunders as the music drops “Motherfucker I – WILL – NOT – LOSE”. Triumphant, a true banger.
You know this one, it’s been quoted by Tinderella’s and the President of the United States himself. 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one came out of a nostalgic trip with Rick Ruben to revisit the heavy hitters sound he employed with LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys.
Fact check, this fire song found its inspiration originally from the Pretty Tony character in 1973’s The Mack, but has Hov banging bars at his coldest. One of the illest songs Jay Z’s ever recorded, it’s one of the untouchables in the game.
Dead Presidents II
Jay Z’s on the top of his Mafioso game here, twisting lyrics with all the fake thugs and the come-up to the perfected Roc-A-Fella. This track made history though, with Ski’s sampling of Nas’ “The World is Yours” and Nas refusing to redo the chorus, gave birth to one of hip ho’s greatest beef’s of all time.
Where I’m From
A masterpiece, Where I’m from is equal parts cultural and socioeconomic critique, memoir, intimacy and a breakdown of past and future. From the opening verse to Jay’s most packed couplets, Where I’m From is quintessential Jay Z, dropping fire, and pain about the place he loves the most- in this track you’ll find he’s most passionate, over ALL the dope beats he’s dropped thusfar.