H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A: The ultimate Jay-Z playlist
One of Jay-Z’s most prolific lyrics is, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” and his career in the entertainment world has proven it. Jay-Z has been in the game for well over two decades, a feat that many artists can only dream about.
Throughout his tenure, he built a record label, launched a clothing line, became part owner with the Brooklyn Nets, started his own sports agency, and became a music streaming giant with his acquisition of TIDAL. However, all of these accomplishments came to fruition once he became a rising star in the hip-hop game.
Since his start in the mid-90s, he’s released 13 solo albums, a couple of joint albums, and countless feature collaborations. With that all in mind, let’s take a look back at some of his best songs.
“Can’t Knock the Hustle” feat. Mary J. Blige (1996)
On “Can’t Knock the Hustle,” Jay-Z helped give producer Knobody the chance of a lifetime, as this song earned Knobody a huge cosign into working with other artists. Jay teamed up with Mary J. Blige on the hook and worked with the legendary director Hype Williams on the video.
“Can I Get A” (1998)
On Jay’s third album “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life,” the rapper made sure to enlist of number of producers that he hadn’t worked with before. Produced by former Murder Inc. executive Irv Gotti, “Can I Get A” also helped introduce rappers Amil and Ja Rule to mainstream audiences. Read More