High Potent, "H.P. Gets Busy" (1986)
Sure, Jay Z put pictures of Prodigy's ballet class wardrobe on the Summerjam screen, but his own past – rocking a Hawaiian shirt in a video with a pineapple on the turntable – wasn't always hardcore either. Way back in 1986, Jay and his mentor Jaz O were in a short-lived group called High Potent. Their single 12-inch, "H.P. Gets Busy" features Jay, around age 17, spitting a furious rhyme in a voice that sounds familiar, just a little higher.