Producer: Just Blaze
Album: Philadelphia Freeway
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam


In 2003, Jay was like a proud father. His place in the record books had been solidified, he'd bagged Bey, was running a successful clothing line, and his Roc-A-Fella roster was kicking ass. So to kick off the release of Freeway's debut album, Philadelphia Freeway, Jay joined Free for his first single, “What We Do.”

Over a Just Blaze banger, Jay kicked some of his most vivid and colorful bars to date (“And I move keys, you can call me the piano man”). The imagery of “Gotta kill witnesses 'cause Free's beard sticking out” is second to none, and his claims of providing for Biggie's kids (“Gotta feed T'Yanna, man”) seemed sincere. Jay also played a great coach by cheering on Free to “keep going” during his lengthy verse. You can do it!