Jay Z's Best Songs Before "Reasonable Doubt" Photo courtesy of Abdul Malik Abbott

Jay-Z "Broken English"

Circa: 1994
Producer: DJ Clark Kent

The best tracks from Jay's circa-94 demos with Clark Kent feel like prequels to Reasonable Doubt, just more raw. Turning a sample of KRS-One's "Talk broken english and drug selling" line from Boogie Down Productions' "My Philosophy" on its head, "Broken English" is a Hustling 101 class in the tradition of B.I.G.'s "Ten Crack Commandments" and Reasonable Doubt's "Friend or Foe," with a similarly playful sense of humor: "I spend every dollar like it's my last, cause it might be/I stay away from hoochies that love Guccis and Louis/Vuitton the Don—before I spend, do me."

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