Rightfully so, expectations were stupid-high for The Best of Both Worlds, the collaborative debut from monster artists Jay-Z and R. Kelly. In addition to having two huge talents on board, it arrived the year after Hov released his one of his classics, The Blueprint. And as you likely know, critics and listeners alike rained down hate upon The Best of Both Worlds.
Many faulted Jay-Z for half-assing his part, as Kells went above the call of duty and even helped produce many tracks. Call it a disjointed misfire if you want, but don't act like the album's singles, most notably "Get This Money," aren't infectious to this day. And if nothing else, it set the duo up to drop a far more respected second album together.