Album: Urban Legend
Producer: Swizz Beats
Label: Grand Hustle/Atlantic

"Just the sound of his voice is a hit," Jay-Z bragged in 2003, and it would soon prove truer than he'd ever realized. During his temporary mid-decade 'retirement,' getting Hov to guest on a track was even harder than usual, and Swizz Beatz spearheaded a trend of sampling Jay's voice for the hook in lieu of getting an exclusive cameo. Swizzy said it was the commercial release of The Black Album a cappelas that inspired the samples—which is odd when you consider the fact that he was also a DJ who knew all about 12" a cappella mixes, as well as the fact that he actually knows Jay-Z and could have just asked for the stems.