The 100 Best Jay-Z Songs

99. Jay-Z "This Life Forever" (1999)

Producer: Ty Fyffe
Album: Black Gangster (Soundtrack)
Label: Lightyear


“This Life Forever” was Jay's contribution to the Black Gangster soundtrack. The film was based on a Donald Goines' novel of the same name but for whatever reason, the movie was never made. However, the soundtrack featured big names like DMX, Ja Rule, and a then-unknown 50 Cent.

Although the soundtrack flew under the radar, Jay's contribution cannot be overlooked. With vivid imagery like: “I ride through the ghetto, windows down halfway/Halfway out of my mind/Music on nine/Blasting Donny Hathaway,” the track successfully evoked the sound and feeling of the era the movie was trying to recreate.

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