Jay-Z is one the best rappers in modern times, the rapper has moved from rags to riches .His music career spans over two decades and he is one of the best-selling music artists having sold over 50 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide .He has won 21 Grammy Awards and with a net worth of $900 million making him among the top 3 richest rappers. This video brings to you 10 Best Jay-Z Songs of All Time, we are going to cover tracks from earlier on his career up to the peak of his career.
- Hard Knock Life
This is a hit single for Jay-Z’s third album “Vol 2…Hard Knock Life” released back in 1998.The track was a career-defining song for the rapper as it peaked at position 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 .It became the most commercially successful song by Jay-Z at that time. The track also earned him a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards.
- Empire State of Mind.
This is another great track from the New York sensation Jay-Z, it is a third song released for his 11th album “The Blueprint 3” which was dropped in 2009. Empire State of Mind single features beautiful vocals from Alicia Keys. The song is patriotic song to both artists for their hometown New York .The single had an outstanding performance commercially as it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. It sold 205,000 digital copies in its debut week. The song also achieved critical success as it was listed as one of top 10 best songs in 2009 by Rolling Stone magazine and New York Times.
- Song Cry
“Song Cry” is soulful and emotional song by the rapper but it is also beautiful. It is a single for Jay-Z’s sixth album “The Blueprint”. The song peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop singles and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance but it’s so unlucky it lost Hot in Herre” by Nelly.
- Run this Town.
This is another amazing song by Jay-Z for his 11th album “ The Blueprint 3”.The single features Rihanna and Kanye West ,it was well-received by critics as it became number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.The song won Best Rap Song and Best Rap collaboration at the Grammy Awards.
- Dirt off Your Shoulder
The song is not only one of Jay-Z’s Best songs but also a favorite to the former US president Obama. The song did well as it peaked at position 5 on Billboard Hot 100 and position 2 on Hot Rap Tracks chart .It is also second single for his album “The Black Album”.
- Niggas in Paris
The song which features Kanye West made it to the audience not only due to vocals but primarily due to the great video produced and an incredible artwork .The song peaked at position 75 on the Billboard Hot 100.It was named second best track of the year 2011 by Rolling Stone.
- 99 Problems
99 Problems is another hit single from Jay Z. The song was praised by critics, it is a third song for his 2004 album “The Black album”. The single became number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100and earned Best Rap Solo Performance award at the Grammy Award.
- Renegade featuring Eminem
The track brings together two great rappers who have one thing in common, Jay-Z and Eminem. They both grew up fatherless and the song is about fatherless upbringing .It is a track for the rapper’s sixth album “The Blueprint” and was certified gold in the US.
- Dead Presidents.
Dead Presidents is a song often listed as one of Jay-Z’s best song .The single was released as the rapper’s first promotional single released in 1996 for his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” The was song was a commercial success as it was certified gold in June 1996.
- Big Pimpin
Big Pimpin tops or list of 10 Best Jay-Z Songs of All Time, it’s the third and final song for the rapper’s 4th album “Vol 3…..life and times of S.Carter”.It was the most commercially successful single from the rapper’s 4th album .It peaked at position 18on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 1 at the Rhythmic Top 40 chart.