Producer: Kanye West
Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam


You gotta move carefully because like B.I.G. said, "Mo money, mo problems." Despite (or maybe because of) Jay's overwhelming success, competitors, foes, and bottom feeders were praying for his downfall in the early 2000s. It was becoming harder and harder for Jay to find love from the industry—either they wanted him out or wanted his spot. But why hate on Jay? Being jealous is female trait and those sensitive thugs, they all needed hugs.

It was said Kanye had DMX in mind when he crafted the instrumental for “Heart of the City (Ain't No Love),” but Jay, being the visionary he is, quickly cuffed the track for himself. This was one of four Kanye contributions to The Blueprint, and a pillar of the often-imitated Roc-A-Fella sound that became so popular in the early-aughts. First the Fat Boys broke up, and eventually the Roc did too, but not before their sound changed the direction of hip-hop forever. This joint is probably in the dictionary under “Roc-A-Fella Sound.” Kanye took'em to church.