Producer: Kanye West
Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam


Beanie Sigel and Scarface made waves in 2000 on their first pairing, “Mac & Brad,” from Sigel's debut album—and their chemistry was immediately apparent. Jay knew a good thing when he saw it, so he recruited them for “This Can't Be Life,” a heart-wrenching track from his Dynasty album.

While each artist brought their A-game, Jay's verse was especially touching, as he reflected on feeling like a loser watching peers like Nas and Biggie break through while he was still on the corner doing hand-to-hand sales.

He also spoke on losing a child to stillbirth and the internal pain that came along with it. The good news is that Jay will get another chance at fatherhood, however, as Beyoncé cliche is due in February.