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Jay-z is a phenomenon. Growing up as a deprived child in a poor part of Brooklyn, New York, Shawn Carter has taken over the hip hop world to become a multi millionaire entrepreneur of world renown. He has launched the careers of legendary artists such a producer Just Blaze (credited with the beat for public service announcement included here) and rapper/producer Kanye West (Izzo (H.O.V.A.)) and holds claim to several classic albums. This is his first greatest hits album and contains his most commercially successful l songs from his first eight solo albums. The glaring flaw in this is that there will never be enough space on one disc to satisfy all of his fans as Jay has dozens of classic songs both in the mainstream and the underground.
The aforementioned public service announcement is a great place to start such a collection. A firm fan favourite it was part of The Black album, one of Jays best, and, like the majority of the songs included on the cd, is an excellent piece of music. There is not a weak song included but as expected numerous classics have been left off in favour of more mainstream songs. For example the true brilliance of Jay lies in a song like dear summer as opposed to the chart smashing run this town.
This is a nice collection and is a good introduction for those not into hip hop, but for a casual Jay fan I would suggest buying the black album or the blueprint instead of the hits as they are a better testament to his qualityy as opposed to radio hits.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
2 Run This Town - JAY-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
3 03' Bonnie & Clyde - JAY-Z, BeyoncÃ© Knowles
5 I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
6 Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
7 D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
8 99 Problems
9 Empire State Of Mind - JAY-Z, Alicia Keys
10 Dirt Off Your Shoulder
11 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
12 Show Me What You Got
13 Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)...
14 Big Pimpin' - JAY-Z, UGK