For better or for worse, I’m still a fan 16 years later.
didn’t start to like Jay Z until I heard The City is Mine. And yes, I do know that
this song definitely wasn’t a best of Shawn moment, but what can I say, it
caught my ear unlike his other song Aint No N****. I remember watching the
video for that song and thinking “who is this dude that got Biggie in his video?
He thinks he’s nice with it. He must be cool with Biggie, and Biggie must like
him too. Oh well! This song is just ok!” LOL! It
wasn’t until I heard City is Mine, a catchy song produced by Teddy Riley
featuring Blackstreet, that I even gave him a second thought. A second thought that
led me to ask a classmate of mine named Shawn (ironic huh?) about him. After
Shawn told me how awesome he was, I bought In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, and the rest
Watching that he had my heart. I loved watching
my favorite songs like Imaginary Player and Face Off come alive. I knew then that 2Pac was no longer my
favorite rapper, and I had found another. Well as luck may have it, every time
he dropped an album, he hardly ever disappointed, and his position as my
favorite rapper never changed.
Yo, first I snatched the streets, then
I snatched the chartsFirst I had they ear, now I have they heartRappers came and went, I’ve been here from the startI seen them put it together, watch them take it apartSeen the Rovers roll up with ribbonsI’ve seen them repo’d, resold, and re-driven So when I reload, he holds number one positionWhen you hot, I’m hot and when your feet cold, mines is sizzlingIt’s plain to see, n***** can’t f**k with
me‘Cuz I’ma be that n**** for life, this is not an imageThis is God-given, this is hard livingMixed with Cristal sipping, it’s the most consistentHov give you the most hits you can fit
inside a whole discAnd nigga, I’m home on these charts, y’all niggas visitingIt’s Hov tradition, Jeff Gordon of rapI’m back to claim pole position, holla at ya’ boy
I’m a fan for better or for worse.
While the Blueprint 2 (both discs), Blueprint 3, and Kingdom Come are my least
favorite albums, I did find at least 2-4 songs on each of them that made me not
hate them completely. For me, the Blueprint
2 should have been one disc not two, and The Blueprint 3 was just okay. They
both paled in comparison to their predecessor, The Blueprint, and although I liked
Beach Chair and Minority Report, Kingdom Come was not the best album to mark
his return. For me, Kingdom Come was the
equivalent of Jordan playing for the Wizards i.e. not a highlight of his
career. He definitely didn’t come back like Jordan wearing #45 as proclaimed in
Encore. Honestly, those albums made me miss his lyrical prowess as seen on
Reasonable Doubt’s 22 2’s, The Blueprint, and The Black Album.
Hov’ on that new s***, n**** like, “How come?”N***** want my old
s***, buy my old albumN***** stuck on stupid, I gotta keep it movin’
N***** make the same s***, me I make The Blueprint
say goodbye? The Black Album was the
last of the classics from Jay Z in my opinion. His albums from then on were
about entertaining you not about showing you his lyrical exercises. Most of the
songs became about a flashy n**** bragging on a song, and yes, I love them just
the same. Don’t get me wrong, he can still out rap most of the rappers out today,
but if I want to hear him spit, I’ll listen to any album pre-Kingdom Come. If I
just want to have a good time, I’ll listen to anything post American Gangster. Speaking of which, I loved that album. From the
Idris Elba featured Intro to Party Life.
From Roc Boys to No Hook. From I Know to Say Hello. Matter of fact, my
phone is named Brooklyn Carter just like his daughters name mentioned in Hello
Dynasty: Roc La Familia album. Man…… That intro is so dope!
Better and P.S.A., my 2 favorite less than 3 minute songs ever in life. I love
them so much and can listen to them over and over again. Although nothing will
ever top my all-time favorite, U Don’t Know. Cliché I know, but I also get
really excited over All I Need, Cashmere Thoughts, Brooklyn’s Finest, Heart of
the City (version featured on his Unplugged Album), I Just Wanna Love U, Big
Pimpin, Excuse Me Miss, Blueprint 2, Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Jigga My N****, Encore, 99 Problems, Who
You Wit II, Jigga What, Jigga Who, Lucky Me, and Moment of Clarity.
promise you that I play that song at least once a week, and my husband plays
B**** Don’t Kill My Vibe even more.
Before that, I used to play Storm and Is That Yo B**** a lot. I love
when he collaborates with his Roc Nation Family like on This Can’t Be Life,
N***** in Paris, Run This Town, High Art, Diamonds Are Forever, Talk That Talk,
Illest Motherf**ker Alive, Why I Love You So, and What We Do. I “sometimes” even
like when he collaborates with the Mrs. like
on Upgrade U, Bonnie and Clyde, Crazy in Love, and Part II (On the Run).
As the best rapper alive n**** ask about meFrom Bricks to Billboards, from grams to GrammysThe O’s to opposite, Orphan AnnieYou gotta pardon Jay, for sellin’ out the garden in a dayI’m like a young Marvin in his hayI’m a hustler homey, you a customer crony Got some dirt on my shoulder, could you brush it off for me?
favorite albums are: The Blueprint, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt, Magna
Carta Holy Grail, and In My Lifetime Volume 1/American Gangster. Since In My
Lifetime was my very first album by him, it will always be one of my top
5 favorite albums.
Anywho, I say all of this to say that Jay Z is my favorite rapper, and I wish him a very happy 44th. And in my best Sadie voice from Awkward…