9. Jay-Z f/ Beanie Sigel & Scarface "This Can't Be Life" (2000)
Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
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This is one of Jay's most heartfelt tracks, touching on the stillborn birth of a child. Kanye used a Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes sample ("I Miss You") and later admitted that he lifted the drum pattern from Dr. Dre's "Xxplosive." The blend worked, and this is considered one of the beats that made him a star.