Reasonable Doubt was released on June 25, so we’re celebrating with a tribute to Jay-Z.
A is for Aloe Blacc’s cover of 99 PROBLEMS.
B is for BRUSH YOUR SHOULDERS OFF.
C is for Jay and Beyonce’s CRAZY IN LOVE
D is for DJs Mellow and Cinema, who created The Commission, a great team-up that never happened. This is seriously one of the best mixtapes of all time.
E is for EMPIRE STATE OF MIND.
F is for Pharell’s FRONTIN, which featured Jay-Z.
G is for the classic Grey Album by Danger Mouse, which was the first time an artist remixed an entire album. It was brilliant, and helped establish Danger Mouse–and put Jay-Z into another stratospheric level. You can still find it, if you look hard enough.
H is for HOLY GRAIL.
H is also for HARD KNOCK LIFE
I is for Ice-T, who was the first guy to record 99 PROBLEMS. That’s right, Hova took it without credit!
K is for Alicia Keys, who recorded the sequel to EMPIRE STATE OF MIND.
N is for 99 PROBLEMS.
O is for OCEANS, as covered by Jahborne….
P is for Passion Pit vs. Jay-Z, a mash-up…
R is for RUN THIS TOWN
S is for SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU GOT
R is for Clipse’s Re-Up Gang version of ROC BOYS (AND THE WINNER IS…). Amazing, truly.
T is for Timberlake. Specifically, SUIT AND TIE, original by Jay and Justin Timberlake.
U is for UMBRELLA, the Rhiannon song that Hova was featured on. Rhiannon was his artist, as well. Here’s some covers of it.
V is for The Verve, who were expertly mashed up with Hova, below.
W is for Wednesday Sound Murder’s cover of 99 PROBLEMS.