Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. It's certainly a feat when you're one of the most successful hip-hop artists in America. Since , Jay-Z continues to leave his mark on the world, from hip-hop and beyond, by releasing material favored by the masses. It would seem that Jay wouldn't have as much time to commit to music than he did back then, considering his many other entrepreneurial endeavors and father responsibilities.
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If Jay-Z had his way back in , this list would be too brief to warrant compiling. But the industry had different plans. His catalogue contains some of the most potent imagery and lucid storytelling about poverty and the desperation that it breeds, all while dominating mainstream pop music, in a delicate tightrope act that almost no one else has ever been able to manage for the span of time that Jay has. His merging of thinking-man street raps with commercial hits paved the way for artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole to do the same today. But as an adolescent, he put his hobby on the backburner and crack sales on the front.
Skip to Content. Twenty years after Jay Z's debut album, we take a look at the legendary rapper's greatest songs. Jay Z, like Che Guevara with bling on, is complex.
The singles discography of American rapper Jay-Z consists of singles, featured singles, collaborative singles, and kraft singles. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard and it received positive reviews from critics. In he released the smash hit singles " Can I Get A The singles helped the album Vol. Hard Knock Life to debut at number 1 on the Albums chart and selling over 5 million copies. Life and Times of S. Carter had hits like " Jigga My Nigga " which peaked at number 1 on the Rap chart and 28 on the Hot