Album: The Best Of Both Worlds
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
The Best of Both Worlds was a dud. On paper it was a tremendous idea—both business-wise and creatively. Both Jay and Kells were red hot coming off the heels of their Blueprint and TP-2.com albums, not to mention their huge collaborative singles, “Fiesta (Remix)” and “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” They were both ruling their respective genres, so this seemed like the next logical step, right? Wrong. Once executed, the album fell flat.
But while the record was mess, there were a few bright spots, and the title track was one of them. Admit it, whenever you think of the album, Kells crooning “BEEEST OOOOF BOOOOTH WOOORLDS” is the first thing that pops in your head. Jay also likened this pairing with Robert to that of “Pappy Mason and Larry Davis” and “Martin and Malcolm.” Revolutionary but gangster? Not exactly, but this song worked.
97. R. Kelly & Jay-Z "The Best of Both Worlds" (2002)