Album: The Blueprint 3
Label: Roc Nation / Atlantic
Complex Says: Revealing a disgusting sense of entitlement, “Reminder” was all about Jay boasting—and hoping we'd forgotten about his post-retirement setbacks. Easily the low point of The Blueprint III, the song found Jay resting on his laurels not just because he could, but because he had to. And the lazy chorus only reminds us of how much we hate this song.
It was obvious that by 2009, the magical chemistry between Jay and Timbaland that birthed hits like “Big Pimpin'” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” was long gone. Jay later admitted he would've taken this song off the album but we think we know why; three terrible Timbo cuts made it through. On a TBP3 outtake, "Ain't I," he raps about paying $250,000 for a Timbaland beat. Talk about a bad investment.
3. Jay-Z "Reminder" (2009)