Take a look at the below list of Jay-Z Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Jay-Z is an American hip-hop artist. He was born on December 4, 1969. He is not only a successful hip-hop artist but also an accomplished businessman and investor. His music career has also reached significant financial success selling more than 100 million records. He also has 21 Grammy awards to his stellar career. He is married to Beyonce, and they have a beautiful daughter called Blue Ivy. Below is a list of his best ten songs.
List of Top 10 songs by Jay-Z Till 2017
10. ‘Where I Am From.’
‘Where I Am From’ is a beautiful song that most people can relate to. It makes one appreciate their backgrounds in all aspects. It was a song from Jay’s album titled ‘In My Lifetime’ that was released in 1997. The song’s lyrics give an ideal image of a bitter inner life of a typical American city. The rap is well backed up with perfect production that makes the song a classic hip-hop.
9. ‘Nigga What, Nigga, Who (Originator ‘99).’
This song was from the second volume of the album ‘Hard Knock Life’ of 1998. It flows so smoothly but is complicated at the same time. The ease through which Jay flows with it is just astounding. Coming off the second volume of ‘Hard Knock Life,’ it has an impressive technical side to it.
8. ‘Venus Vs. Mars’
The songs entertain us to an engaging narrative. A punchline comes after every two lines. Listening to this song is similar to watching a hilarious movie full of suspense. You tie yourself to the edge of a chair to see how the play on words unfolds. You look out for new twists to the song. The song largely contributed to the success of its mother album titled ‘The Blueprint 3′ of 2009.
7. ‘Empire State of Mind.’
This smash was the first ever lead single by Jay-Z to claim the number one spot on the Hot 100 of the Billboard. This song was after 15 years of his career. It was also a single from the album ‘The Blueprint 3′ of 2009. The song features Alicia Keys whose voice is the pure melody to anybody’s ears. It also became an anthem in New York City.
6. ‘What More Can I Say.’
A song from the album titled ‘Black Album’ of 2003. The album Jay’s first attempt to retire from the industry and the track ‘What More Can I Say’ brought a drop-the-mic moment. T.I was so impressed by the lyrics that he even immortalized one of the lines to become his hit. Danger Mouse was also wowed by the lines that he went to the extent of likening them to some work by the Beatles. But the owner himself adored it even more. Jay-Z gave the song a standout performance with an electrifying performance at the swan song concert movie, ‘Fade to Black.’ Jay Z nominated himself as number one on everybody’s playlist. Honestly speaking, he deserved to be number one.
5. ’99 Problems.’
Jay Z may have had 99 problems but whether this song was going to be a hit was not one of them. He gave it too much power to go out and conquer the airwaves and fetch some glory for itself. He was able to bring in a pioneer in the industry, Rick Rubin to produce it. Rick Rubin was able to gift it a beat that was one of a kind. The rapping was also on point courtesy of quality lyrics. The song is about racial profiling that was rampant at the time of the song where Jay codes the message like a genius. He plays his role and simultaneously plays the role of a police officer. ’99 Problems’ comes out as an excellent crime novel. This is one of the Jay-Z Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
4. ‘Brooklyn’s Finest.’
‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ is a hip-hop classic from Jay’s album called ‘Reasonable Doubt.’ The song was released in 1996 and received a lot of acceptance by his fans. It was done in collaboration in with B.I.G and the two wordsmiths never disappointed. Their chemistry in the song was sensational. When one listens to the song today, it is impossible to figure out how the duo didn’t do many collaborations with each other.
3. ‘Hard Knock Life.’
It is possible to have a debate that will last ages about the amount of impact Jay Z brought to the hip-hop industry. A section will argue that other artists have had more impact than Jay while others will say he has had the most significant influence. But not all of them are correct in any of such arguments. In ‘Hard Knock Life,’ the song boasts a simple beat that drags itself all the way to the end. Unlike in other songs, Jay raps short verses and a simple chorus. The message behind the four-minute song is what everybody says made this song exceptional by all means. It was a message that had lasted an entire subculture of the street dwellers decades to accept that hip-hop could initiate change. It was a ‘wake-up call’ to those who just sat back and watched as crime, drug trafficking and corruption taking center stage and doing nothing about it. People do not appreciate how relevant the song was- and still is. It is overlooked in its intellectual aspect. How Jay-Z mustered the courage to say things many feared to say was something many could not comprehend. Others said he was after fame, but many related that he showed the world that art is alive and is a useful tool for bringing change. In fact, Nas once said, “Hip-hop has to thank God for Jay Z.” ‘Hard Knock Life’ proves this.
Our number 2 on this list is ‘Takeover’ from the album ‘The Blueprint’ released in 2001. In this song, Jay gets very hostile. It caused ripples in the circles of hip-hop as the beef between Jay-Z and Nas went from bad to worse. He was able to punch his detractors with this hit. This smash attracted a lot of response in the form of songs from the recipients of his hostility. The debate on who won the battle of words continues. Regardless of whoever the winner was, Jay-Z was able to send a chilling message down the spines of those who dared screw with him.
‘Renegade’ was released in 2001. The song is a collaboration with Eminem. The collaboration in itself tells you why the song deserves the first position.
Jay-Z New Songs 2016-2017
‘Spiritual’ is the first song since 2013 where Jay-Z has the role of a lead artist. The song was motivated by the shooting of black American citizens in the US.
Were it not for the new ‘Spiritual’ that was released on June 7, 2016, we could easily have thought that Jay had retired. Many of his fans miss him a lot behind the mic. We wish he could come back and entertain us for several more years- or at least, collaborate with upcoming hip-hop artists while mentoring them.