Jay-Z: 50 Greatest Songs

With a rhyme career going since the late Eighties, Jay-Z's songs have been reflective, pop, confessional, hard-edged and indelible. Here are his best

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14. "Intro/A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More" (1997)

Two years before his debut album, Jay linked up with DJ Premier on Big Daddy Kane's 1994 posse cut "Show and Prove" and ever since, the Gang Starr producer has created some of the rapper's most indelible tracks. Primo speeds up Aaliyah's "One in a Million" and R&B singer Latimore's infectious piano groove on "Let Me Go" to anchor Jay's ruminations on intrusiveness ("A Million and One Questions") before flipping the song into the mellow arrogance of "Rhyme No More." "Back then, to edit it we had to splice the tape and put it together," Premier told Complex of the medley in 2011. "You mess up on a punch and you have to re-cut it. On Pro Tools, you just press undo. But Jay-Z trusts me. He'll just lay his vocals, and says, 'Do the Premier thing.'"

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