As Ms. Gloria told us on “The Black Album,” Shawn Carter was born on December 4th. And in addition to him being her youngest child and the one that gave her the least pain; Beyonce’s husband and baby daddy; Memphis Bleek’s perpetual patron; the undoing of everything De-Haven, Jaz-O and Dame Dash had seen for their lives; Rihanna and Yeezy’s maker; Weezy’s target; and corporate America’s favorite rapper, Jiggaman has given us more than his fare share of songs to party to.
So in celebration of Hovi Hov’s 42nd Birthday, we bring you our favorite Jay-Z joints to hear in the club. To make the process easier, we limited our selections to songs from his albums. And these are presented in nothing but chronological order.
We know making any Jay-Z list anyone ever makes is bound to be disputed, so feel free to let us know what songs you think should have been included in the comments!
And make sure you check back in tomorrow for our list of Hov’s best songs period.
“Brooklyn’s Finest” feat. Notorious B.I.G. (Reasonable Doubt)
“Face Off” feat. Sauce Money (In My Lifetime Vol. 1)
“Love For Free” with Rell (Streets Is Watching)
“Money, Cash, Hoes” feat. DMX (Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life)
“Do It Again” feat. Beanie Sigel and Amil (Vol. 3… Life & Times Of S. Carter)
“I Just Wanna Love You (Give It To Me)” feat. Pharell Williams (The Dynasty: Roc La Familia)
“Take You Home With Me aka Body” with R. Kelly (Best Of Both Worlds)
“What They Gon’ Do” feat. Sean Paul (The Blueprint 2)
“La-La-La (Excuse Me Again)” (The Blueprint 2.1/ Bad Boys II soundtrack)
“Change Clothes” (The Black Album)
“Big Chips” (Unfinished Business)
“Show Me What You Got” (Kingdom Come)
“Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…)” (American Gangster)
“Run This Town” feat. Rihanna and Kanye West (Blueprint 3)