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1. Jay Z – Can I Live

“I’d rather die enormous than live dormant, that’s how we on it / Live at the main event, I bet a trip to Maui on…

2. Jay Z – Feelin’ It

“Since diapers, had nothing to live for like them lifers but / Making sure every nigga stay rich within my cipher.” – Jay Z

3. Jay Z – Glory

Jay Z – Glory

“The most beautifulest thing in this world / Is daddy’s little girl / You don’t yet know what swag is but you was made in…

4. Jay Z – The Takeover

Jay Z – The Takeover

“A wise man told me don’t argue with fools / Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who / So stop with that…

5. Jay Z – Public Service Announcement

Jay Z – Public Service Announcement

“I’m like, Che Guevara with bling on, I’m complex / I never claimed to have wings on.” – Jay Z

6. Jay-Z – D’Evils

“The closest of friends when we first started / But grew apart as the money grew, and soon grew black-hearted.” – Jay Z

7. Jay Z – Intro: A Million And One Questions

“I got mouths to feed till they put flowers on me / And kiss my cold cheek, chicks crying like I was Cochise.” – Jay…

8. Jay Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder

Jay Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder

We’re not betting against ‘Hov to make a b-line from his own headlining gig to take in some of the late rounds.

9. Jay Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

“Show them how to move in a room full of vultures / Industry is shady, it needs to be taken over.” – Jay Z

10. Jay Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule – Can I Get A…

“Could ya see yourself with a nigga working harder than nine to five / Ten to six, two jobs to survive?” – Jay Z

11. Jay Z – I Just Wanna Love U

“Okay, hot Hov’, too hot to hold / Ladies love me long time like 2Pac’s soul.” – Jay Z

12. Jay Z – Dear Summer

“They say if you love it, you should let it out its cage / And fuck it, if it comes back you know it’s there…

13. Jay Z feat. Eminem – Renegade

Jay Z feat. Eminem – Renegade

“See I’m influenced by the ghetto you ruined / That same dude you gave nothing, I made something doing.” – Jay Z

14. Jay Z – Nigga What, Nigga Who

“Got a vendetta even though I been better / Left him in the cold with a thin sweater.” – Jay Z

15. Jay Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West – Run This Town

“I get more in depth if you boys really real enough / This is la Familia, I’ll explain later / But for now let me…

16. Jay Z feat. Amil & Beanie Sigel – Do It Again

“The game is ours, we’ll never foul out / Y’all just better hope we gracefully bow out.” – Jay Z

17. Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind

“Afrika Bambaataa shit, home of the hip-hop / Yellow cab, gypsy cab, dollar cab, holla back / For foreigners it ain’t fair, they act like…

18. Jay Z – Lost One

“And I ain’t even know how it came to this / Except that fame is / The worst drug known to man / It’s stronger…

19. T.I. feat. Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne – Swagger Like Us

“School of hard knocks: I’m a grad / And that all-blue Yankee is my graduation cap.” – Jay Z

20. Jay-Z – Brooklyn’s Finest

“Time to separate the pros from the cons / The platinum from the bronze / That butter soft shit from that leather on the Fonz.”…

21. Jay Z feat. Lenny Kravitz – Guns And Roses

“They giveth and they taketh life is cruel that way / But even a broken clock is right at least two times a day.” –…

22. Jay Z – Hovi Baby

“They say a midget standin’ on the giant’s shoulder can see much further than the giant / So I got the whole rap world on…

23. Jay Z – Beach Chair

“Life is but a dream to me / Gunshots sing to me/ These other guys with lullabies don’t mean a thing to me.” – Jay…

24. Jay Z – Dope Man

”F— the system / At Lady Justice I blaze nine / Your Honor, I no longer kill my people / I raise mine / The…

25. Jay-Z & R. Kelly – The Best of Both Worlds / Take You Home With Me

“But it’s real like we grievin for Aaliyah with the masses / But I hope my boy Dash get to see her when he passes.”…

26. Jay Z – Moment Of Clarity

“When your sense got that much in common / And you been hustling since your inception / Fuck perception, Go with what makes sense.” –…

27. Jay Z – Allure

“But the allure of the game, keeps calling your name ‘ To all the Laura’s of the world, I feel your pain / To all…

28. Jay Z – What More Can I Say

“Far from a Harvard student, just had the balls to do it / And no I’m not through with it.” – Jay Z

29. Jay Z – U Don’t Know – Carnegie Hall (Exclusive)

“But when them shells come you better return ’em / All scars we earn ’em.” – Jay Z

30. Jay Z – 99 Problems

“I don’t know what you take me as / Or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has / I’m from rags to riches, niggas I ain’t…

31. Jay Electronic feat. Jay Z – Shiny Suit Theory

“In the world of no justice and black ladies on the back of buses / I’m the immaculate conception of rappers-slash-hustlers.” – Jay Z

32. Dead Prez feat. Jay Z – Hell Yeah Remix

“The police, got me in the middle of the street / Trying to beat me blue, black and orange / I’m like hold up, who…

33. Rick Ross feat. Jay Z & Young Jeezy – Hustlin’ Remix

“We don’t resort to violence, we on resorts and islands / With linen shorts and shades, ‘case they thought you was lyin’.” – Jay Z

34. Talib Kweli feat. Mos Def, Jay Z, & Kanye West – Get By Remix

“Claimed I was ready to die / Promised never to cry / Held it all inside / Reality was too much to take so I…

35. Saigon feat. Jay Z – Come On Baby

“You ain’t crazy, don’t you play me, don’t you know it’s Jay-Z / When Internets ask who’s the best, why won’t you say me? /…

36. Sade feat. Jay Z – The Moon And The Sky Remix

“As God as my witness, timing was my mistress / I guess it’s in the stars for me to love you from a distance.” –…

37. Kendrick Lamar feat. Jay Z – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe Remix

“Don’t waste my breath / I don’t know how many moons a nigga got left.” – Jay Z

38. Jay Z – Brooklyn We Go Hard

“I Jack I rob I sin / Aw man I’m Jackie Robinson / ‘Cept when I run base / I dodge the pen.” – Jay…

39. Jay Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris

Jay Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris

“It’s only right that we be fair / Psycho, I’m liable to be go Michael / Take your pick, Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6.” –…

40. Jay Z feat. Swizz Beatz – On To The Next One

“I move onward, the only direction / Can’t be scared to fail in the search of perfection.” – Jay Z

41. Jay Z – No Church In The Wild

Jay Z – No Church In The Wild

“I’m wondering if a thug’s prayers reach / Is Pious pious cause God loves pious? / Socrates asked whose bias do y’all seek? / All…

42. Jay-Z – Regrets

“Time waits for no man, can’t turn back the hands / Once it’s too late, gotta learn to live with regrets.” – Jay Z

43. Jay Z – Can’t Knock The Hustle

“My cup runneth over with hundreds / I’m one of the best niggas that done it, six digits and running.” – Jay Z

44. Jay Z – Streets Is Watching

“I felt like life was cheating me / For the first time in my life I was getting money / But it was like my…

45. Kanye West feat. Jay Z – Diamonds

“People lined up to see the Titanic sinking / Instead we rose up from the ash like a phoenix / If you’re waiting for the…

46. Kanye West feat. Jay Z & Swizz Beatz – Power

“Rumble, young man, rumble / Life is a trip, so sometimes we gonna stumble / You gotta go through pain in order to become you.”

47. Jay Z – Soon You’ll Understand

Jay Z – Soon You’ll Understand

“Now it’s too late, we got a little life together / And in my mind I really want you to be my wife forever.” -Jay…

48. Jay Z feat. Beanie Sigel – Where Have You Been

“Will never ask mommy, ‘Why daddy don’t love me? / Why is we so poor?, why is life so ugly? / Mommy why is your…

49. Jay Z – Hard knock Life

“I don’t know how to sleep, I gotta eat, stay on my toes / Gotta a lot of beef, so logically, I prey on my…