Producer: Swizz Beatz
Album: Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam
Complex Says: Jay-Z's growth from the beginning of his career through his fourth album was most evident in how he attacked the commercial market. He never had much trouble gaining the respect of hip-hop heads, but sometimes stumbled when reaching for commercial success.
By 1998, Jay had two successful cross-over singles in “Hard Knock Life” and “Can I Get A.” With his buzz louder than it had ever been, Jay once again took his chances writing for radio.
The result was "Things That You Do"—a song that felt over-the-top and contrived. Instead of playing to his strengths, Jay was serving dumbed-down lyrics and a pop-star hook. We weren't the only ones disappointed with this lackluster cut. In 2009, he admitted in an XXL interview that the song wasn't up to par.