Producer: Clark Kent
Album: Reasonable Doubt
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Priority


Memphis Bleek will likely be one hit away his whole career, but the confidence he showed on “Coming of Age” in 1996 was next level. With Jay playing the O.G. from around way who peeps the potential in Bleek's neighborhood shorty (a role he was born to play), the two trade verses while Jay tries to bring the young hustler into his fold.

Being the elder statesman, Jay sees the hunger in the youngster's eyes, and seeks to cuff with a small bribe, “Cool nigga here's a thou.” But it's the young man who displays brains, making it clear that he's after the long-term riches, not a quick buck: “A G? I'll ride with you for free.” In the end, they make a till-death-do-us-part pact, but if you heard the sequel, you know how that turned out.