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Can’t Win Them All: 10 Tracks Jay Z Was Outshined On

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Jay Z fans are some pretty biased folks. In fact, some of them clicked this post because the title sounded outlandish. Not one, not two, but 10!?! Well it’s not nitpicking if it’s facts. Your favorite rapper from BK isn’t going to win them all, and this list more than proves it. After the jump, take a look at 10 songs that left Muhammad Hovi on the ropes. 

10. Kendrick Lamar feat. Jay Z “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Remix)

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Now it’s been argued that Kendrick heard Jay’s verse and of course that’s when he laid it to rest by recording his scorching follow up. But isn’t that still considered fair? Jay’s verse was entertaining but Kendrick won over with his flow. He managed to pay homage and still slay competition all in the same 16. Most artist don’t recover from a Jay feature when they add a verse after his. (See Lil’ Wayne on “Mr. Carter”).

Told niggas when I was 16 that I’d write a 16
To put a nigga right on the big screen
In the paddy wagon with 16, should have been in the pen
But then my pen write with morphine
I heal niggas, touch down with more fiends
I kill niggas, audio crack, khakis to meal ticket
Cardio lap, was running for dear life but now I’m running the map
Bitch, I’m here nigga,

 

9. Jay Z feat. Kanye West “Run This Town” Blueprint 3 2009

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Kanye has longed for the moment where he’d get to out due his big brother on a track and with “Run This Town,” he finally got his chance. Not only was Yeezy’s verse more entertaining but you almost get the impression that he wrote the verse with the intention to outshine Jay. He sure did come a long way from “The Bounce”.

We are on a crash course
What you think I rap for
To push a fucking Rav 4?
But I know that if I stay stun-ting
All these girls only gonna want one thing
I could spend my whole life good will hunting
Only good gon’ come is as good when I’m cumming
She got a ass that’ll swallow up a g-string
And up top, unh…
Two bee stings

8. Nas feat. Jay Z “Black Republican” Hip Hop is Dead 2006

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For the moment hip hop heads were waiting for, Hip Hop is Dead included the highly anticipated collaboration between Jay and Nas. You would’ve thought it was actually Hov’s track considering how long he rapped but it was Nas’ verse that proved to be more effective:

I’m standin’ on the roof of my building
I’m feelin’ – the whirlwind of beef, I inhale it
Just like an acrobat ready to hurl myself though the hoops of fire
Sippin’ 80 proof, bulletproof under my attire

7. Jay Z feat. Ja Rule & DMX “Murdergram” Streets Is Watching 1998

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If this crew actually carried on, who knows where they would’ve ended up? Well unfortunately they didn’t for reasons unknown, although X has expressed many times his disdain for Ja Rule. Lucky for us we were left with this track that had them spitting some classic bars. Everyone brought there A game, but X was the one that closed the deal here.

I know your type, you hype, all up off that fake shit
You can’t understand why a man would have to take shit
Or steal shit, but this is that real shit, niggas kill shit, peel shit
I hit you in your head you won’t feel shit!!!
URRUURRRR…..

6. Jay Z & Kanye West “The Joy” Watch The Throne 2011

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Kanye’s comfort zone is soul samples. So when The Throne sampled Curtis Mayfield’s “The Makings of You,” Yeezy was right at home. Sure Jay’s verse was both soulful and blissful, but Kanye practically owned this record effortlessly. That’s 2 points for little brother

Stupid questions like “Is he gon’ be dope again?
Have you seen him? has anybody spoke to him?”
This beat deserves Hennessy, a bad bitch
And a bag of weed; the Holy Trinity
In the mirror where I see my only enemy
Your life’s cursed, well mine’s an obscenity

5. Jay Z feat. Dr. Dre & Rakim “The Watcher 2” The Blueprint 2 2002

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Yes. Hov went off on this joint. Word to the hyphen in his name. Hell even Dr. Dre had an incredible verse (whoever wrote it gets props). But Rakim went for blood on his 16. You disagree?

Yo, my neighborhood is never sunny
In the place where the number one cause of death is money
You can try copin
I’ve seen enough shit to leave your frame of mind broken
I’m still alive and scopin
Be another hundred years ’til my skies close in
And I’ma die with my eyes open, the watcher [echoes]

*Editor’s Note* Since Youtube sucks sometimes and doesn’t have the link to this song, I recommend obtaining it on Spotify

4. Jay Z feat. Beanie Sigel “Streets Is Talking” The Dynasty 2000

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Truth be told, Beans gave Jay a run for his money on a majority of tracks they’ve been featured on together. But this? This easily serves as one of Sigel’s finest moments.

You forever rest under bullshit, dirt lies and leaves
I do bullshit, dirt, tell lies then leave
Look in my eyes, realize it’s Beans
Niggaz wanna despise the team; till I play head coach
and straight up, divide they team
Trade they man for some pies and a couple of things
Til the bullet.. ah, motherfuckers!! Yeah..

3. Jay-Z “This Can’t Be Life” feat. Scarface & Beanie Sigel The Dynasty 2000

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On this Kanye West produced track, all three rappers touched on personal subjects, but it was Scarface that tapped into an emotion that came off the most genuine. His verse was raw, and you could damn near hear him fighting back tears as he detailed the loss of a close friend.

I could’ve rapped about my hard times on this song
But heaven knows I woulda been wrong
I wouldn’ta been right, it wouldn’ta been love
It wouldn’ta been life, it wouldn’ta been us
This can’t be life

2. Kanye West feat. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj “Monster” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2010

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People still hate to admit it, but Nicki Minaj hands down had the best verse on “Monster.” Split personalities included. Jay’s verse not only stumbled at the beginning, but it didn’t have any highlight moments, and Nicki’s verse was riddled with them.

let me get this straight wait I’m the rookie
but my features and my shows ten times your pay?
50k for a verse, no album out!
yeah my money’s so tall that my Barbie’s gotta climb it
hotter than a middle eastern climate

1. Jay-Z feat. Eminem “Renegade” The Blueprint 2001

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It’s been almost 12 years and Jay still can’t escape this collab. On his Blueprint album, Jay and Em traded barbs over Em’s own production, and it’s even been said that Jay heard Em’s verses before he laid his down, which says a lot considering Marshall was still the victor. Both had lyrics, but Em’s verses showed humor, intricacy, sarcasm, and then that flow? Too much.

I’m a motherfucking spiteful, delightful eyeful
The new Ice Cube, motherfuckers hate to like you
What did I do? (huh) I’m just a kid from the gutter
making his butter off these bloodsuckers, cause I’m a motherfucking