Every No. 1 Rap Song in Hot 100 History

Jay-Z f/ Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" (2009)

Weeks At No. 1: 5
Producer: Al Shux

This song is a big love letter to New York that paints with the broadest strokes. Jay-Z references Sinatra, Harlem, Biggie, and even old stash spots. It's impressive that Jay-Z was able to include self-mythology about his old days in Brooklyn. The anthem became his first No. 1.

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