Top 10 Jay-Z Songs of All Time (And 10 Classic Guest Verses) Jay-Z is a business mogul who happens to also rap.

Shawn Corey Carter (stage name Jay-Z/Hova) is one of the most melodic rappers to come out the 90s. The 2000s saw him become a business mogul, founding 40/40 Club, Rocawear, and Tidal, heading Def Jam for a bit, and recently taking control of the NFL halftime shows. Not bad for a self-proclaimed kid from the streets making music about the world around him. Check out these highlights from the talented discography of Jay-Z

Hova Songs

10.  “Brooklyn’s Finest (ft The Notorious B.I.G.)

Album: Reasonable Doubt 1996

Classic Line: 

Can’t fade it
While y’all pump Willie, I run up and stunt silly
Scared, so you sent your little mans to come kill me
But on the contrilli, I packs the mack-milli
Squeezed off on him, left them paramedics breathing soft on him
“What’s ya name?”

9. “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”

Album: Vol. 3… Hard Knock Life 1998

Classic Line: 

I flow for chicks wishin’, they ain’t have to strip to pay tuition
I see you vision mama, I put my money on the long shots
All my ballers that’s born to clock
Now I’ma be on top whether I perform or not
I went from lukewarm to hot; sleepin’ on futons and cots
To king size, green machines, the green fives
I’ve seen pies let the thing between my eyes analyze life’s ills
Then I put it down type braile
I’m tight grill with the phony, rappers y’all might feel we homies
I’m like still, y’all don’t know me, shit!
I’m tight grill when my situation ain’t improving
I’m tryin to murder everything movin’, feel me?!

8. “99 Problems”

Album: The Black Album 2003

Classic Line: 

So I, pull over to the side of the road
I heard “Son, do you know why I’m stopping you for?”
Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hat’s real low
Or do I look like a mind reader, sir? I don’t know
Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo?
“Well you was doing fifty-five in the fifty-four”, uh huh
“License and registration and step out of the car
“Are you carrying a weapon on you, I know a lot of you are”
I ain’t stepping out of shit, all my papers legit
“Well do you mind if I look around the car a little bit?”

7. “Fallin”

Album: American Gangster 2007

Classic Line: 

Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface, Casino
You seen what that last run did to De Niro
And he can’t beat the odds, can’t cheat the cards
Can’t blow to hard, life’s a deck of cards
Now you tumblin’, it’s humblin’, you fallin’, you mumblin’
Under your breath like you knew this day was comin’, fallin’
Now let’s pray that arm candy
That you left your ex for stay down and come in handy

6. “The Story of O.J.”

Album: 4:44 2017

Classic Line: 

You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit
You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it
Financial freedom my only hope
Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke
I bought some artwork for one million
Two years later, that shit worth two million
Few years later, that shit worth eight million
I can’t wait to give this shit to my children
Y’all think it’s bougie, I’m like, it’s fine

5. “03 Bonnie & Clyde (ft Beyonce)”

Album: The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse 2002

Classic Line: 

I’m mashin’ the gas, she’s grabbin’ the wheel, it’s trippy
How hard she rides with me, the new Bobby and Whitney
Only time we don’t speak is during “Sex and the City”
She gets Carrie fever, but soon as the show’s over
She’s right back to being my soldier
‘Cause mami’s a rider and I’m a roller
Put us together, how they gon’ stop both us?

4. “Streets Is Watching”

Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 1997

Classic Line: 

When the streets is watching, blocks keep clocking
Waiting for you to break, make your first mistake
Can’t ignore it, that’s the fastest way to get extorted
But my time is money, at twenty-five, I can’t afford it
Beef assorted like Godiva chocolates
Niggas you bought it, I pull the slide back and cock it
Plan aborted, you and your mans get a pass

3. “Takeover”

Album: The Blueprint 2001

Classic Line: 

That’s why your (lame) career’s come to an end
It’s only so long fake thugs can pretend
Nigga, you ain’t live it, you witnessed it from your folks’ pad
You scribbled it in your notepad and created your life
I showed you your first TEC on tour with Large Professor
Then I heard your album about your TEC on the dresser
So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was usin’ it wrong
You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song
And you ain’t get a coin, nigga, you was gettin’ fucked then
I know who I paid, God – Serchlite publishin’

2. “Say Hello”

Album: American Gangster 2007

Classic Line: 

I ain’t no ordinary nigga
Look around, this ain’t what ordinary gets ya
Extraordinary figures, I’m an extraordinary nigga
Before my name became Jigga
Before I sang I had that thang on slippers
Can’t complain ’bout what they ain’t gon’ give ya
That ain’t gon’ get ya shit, might as well give up

1. “D.O.A. Death of Auto-Tune”

Album: The Blueprint 3 2009

Classic Line: 

This is anti auto-tune, death of the ring-tone,
This ain’t for iTunes, this ain’t for sing alongs
This is Sinatra at the opera, bring a blonde
Preferably with a fat ass who can sing a song
Wrong, this ain’t politically correct (arh!)
This might offend my political connects (arh!)
My raps don’t have melodies
This shit make niggas wan’ go and commit felonies

Hova Guest Verses

10. Big Daddy Kane “Show & Prove”

Album: Daddy’s Home 1994

Classic Line: 

When I rock it it’s in the pocket, baby mop it don’t knock it
till you try it, once you start, you can’t stop it
I’m the cocky breed, I’m dope like poppy seed
I live one rent from besides that be
between get off my dick and stop jockin me
When I bust a rhyme you’re diggin the sound
I know you lovin the way it’s, goin down baby

9. Scarface “Guess Who’s Back”

Album: The Fix 2002

Classic Line: 

Guess who’s bizack?
You still smellin crack in my clothes
Don’t make me have to relapse on these hoes
Take it back out to taxin them roads
When I was huggin it, niggaz couldn’t do nuttin wit it
Straight from the oven wit it – came from the dirt
I emerged from it all without a stain on my shirt

8. Rick Ross “The Devil Is a Lie”

Album: Mastermind 2014

Classic Line: 

East coast, winnin that life nigga cheat code
The hatin’ is flagrant, hit your free throws
The devil try to hit me with the RICO, them black people
Devil want these niggas hate they own kind
Gotta be illuminati if a nigga shine
Oh we can’t be a nigga if a nigga rich?
Oh we gotta be the devil that’s some nigga shit
See what I did to the stop and frisk
Brooklyn on at Barney’s like we own the bitch
Give the money to the hood now we all win
Got that Barney’s floor lookin like a VIM

7. Drake “Pound Cake”

Album: Nothing Was the Same 2013

Classic Line: 

Uh, I had Benzes ‘fore you had braces
The all-black Maybach but I’m not a racist
Inside’s whiter than Katy Perry’s face is
Yellow diamonds in my Jesús

6. Mya “Best of Me (Remix)”

Album: Fear of Flying 2000

Classic Line: 

That’s high school making me chase you around for months
Have an affair, act like an adult for once
Plus my hand is up your skirt goddamn you flirt
What’s a little me on top gon’ hurt?
Maybe a little but
Pain is pleasure and pressure bust pipes
And you look like the ‘I Like It Rough’ type
We can crush tonight
Tell me what you like
I got a yellow bottle on a bucket of ice
Get right; Young Hova

5. Beyonce “Crazy in Love”

Album: Dangerously in Love 2003

Classic Line: 

A star like Ringo, roll like a green beret
Crazy bring ya whole set
Jay Z in the range, crazy and deranged
They can’t figure him out; they like, “hey, is he insane?”
Yes, sir, I’m cut from a different cloth
My texture is the best fur, chinchilla

4. Rihanna “Umbrella”

Album: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded

Classic Line: 

No clouds in my stones
Let it rain, I hydroplane into fame
Comin’ down at the Dow Jones
When the clouds come, we gone
We Rocafella
We fly higher than weather
In G5’s or better
You know me
In anticipation for precipitation stack chips for the rainy day
Rain man is back with little Ms. Sunshine
Rihanna, where you at?

3. Pusha T “Drug Dealers Anonymous”

Album: Drug Dealers Anonymous 2016

Classic Line: 

Bitch I been brackin’ since the ’80s
Google me baby, you crazy
’89 in London pull the Benz up
Type it in, Google’s your friend bruh
14-year drug dealer and still counting
Who deserves the medal of freedom is my accountant
He been hula hooping through loop holes, working ’round shit
IRS should’ve had the townhouses surrounded

2. Talib Kweli “Get By (Remix)”

Album: Quality 2002

Classic Line: 

Kept my mind fried, slept for most of mine
Soon as I closed my eyes, then I woke up behind
Thinkin’ either I load up these 9’s, or blow up with rhymes
‘Cause this flow of mine is like blow up but lines of coca
And your folks think Hov’ just wrote stuff to rhyme
Nah, I’m a poster for what happened seein’ your moms
Doin’ five dollars worth of work just to get a dime

1. Kanye West “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)”

Album: Late Registration 2005

Classic Line: 

How could you falter when you’re the Rock of Gibraltar?
I had to get off the boat so I could walk on water
This ain’t no tall order, this is nothin’ to me
Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week
I do this in my sleep
I sold kilos of coke, I’m guessin’ I can sell CD’s
I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man!
Let me handle my business, damn


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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