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


Hov has always been somewhat fascinated with metaphysical matters: Good and evil. Heaven and Hell. But overall his themes tend to lean more towards the dark side (see “D'Evils”), so when he dropped “Lucifer,” and proclaimed he needed to get his soul right, it didn't come as a shock. This song sounds like holy war, and Jay's wetting y'all all with the Holy water.

Of course tracks like this only fuel the fire for conspiracy theorists who believe Jay is some sort of devil worshipper. Jay-Z, who claims to be a spiritual person, rarely talks about his personal beliefs. But he knows these hot button topics stir the pot and get people talking

Rap-nerd trivia bonus: it was actually currently-incarcerated Chi-Town spitter Bump J who lent Jay the: “I'm from the murder capital/Where we murder for capital” line for the hook.