Jay-Z is one of the most versatile lyricists in hip-hop. In honor of Hov’s lyrical skills, we’ve collected the 10 best Jay-Z lyrics. The New York rapper’s verbiage and the complexity of his words have been decoded and studied in classrooms at colleges and universities. Whether Jay-Z is the “Greatest Rapper of All-Time” remains a debatable topic, but there’s no question that he is Brooklyn’s finest. Check out his wordplays on PopCrush’s Top 10 list of Jay-Z lyrics and let us know which is your favorite line from the God MC.
“We used to fight for building blocks / Now we fight for blocks with buildings that make a killing / The closest of friends when we first started / But grew apart as the money grew and soon grew black-hearted / Thinking back when we first learned to use rubbers / He never learned, so in turn, I’m kidnapping his baby’s mother…”
“When I was pushing weight, back in ’88 / You was a ballerina, I got the pictures, I seen ya / Then you dropped ‘Shook Ones,’ switched your demeanor / Well, we don’t believe you, you need more people…”
“While I’m watching every n—- watching me closely / My s— is butter for the bread, they wanna toast me / I keep my head, both of them, where they supposed to be / H–s will get you sidetracked, then clap from close feet, I don’t sleep…”
“Rocafella forever, Hov for life / Debuts a classic first album four mics / Shoulda gotta five but n—-s lack fore-sight / But I don’t give a f— I ain’t do it for the hype / I do it for the hustlas for the ghetto for their plight / For the struggle for those who bubble white…”
“I was conceived by Gloria Carter and Adnes Reeves / Who made love under the sycamore tree / Which makes me / A more sicker emcee / And my momma would claim / At 10 pounds, when I was born I didn’t give her no pain…”
“Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game / S—, I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can / You should know I bleed blue, but I ain’t a Crip, though / But I got a gang of n—-s walking with my clique though…”
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