The 100 Best Jay-Z Songs

50. Kanye West & Jay-Z "The Joy" (2011)

Producer: Pete Rock
Album: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam


When “The Joy” leaked as part of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Friday series, fans were overjoyed to hear Jay-Z and Kanye West over a Pete Rock beat. Both part of NYC's golden era, it was hard to believe Jay and Pete Rock had never worked together before. It was even harder to believe the beat Pete provided for “The Joy” was 13 years old. The track had Jay reminiscing on the good old days, as the sampled track “was his Mama's shit.” So he gave all glory to Gloria, who no doubt raised a warrior.

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