69. Jay-Z f/ DMX "Money, Cash, Hoes" (1999)
Producer: Swizz Beats
Album: Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Swizz told us the story behind this beat last year: "That song started as a joke with me sliding my hand across the keyboard, just bugging. Then I did the drums to the joint. I had this pattern where we would follow the beat and follow the lyrics with the melodies. So you would hear the beat playing the song." The final result became a landmark meeting of minds as Jay-Z was in full instigating mode (his "New York been soft ever since Snoop came through and crushed the buildings" line ruffled more than a few feathers) while DMX barked down all naysayers.
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