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

Big L f/ Grand Daddy I.U., Jay-Z, Lord Finesse, Microphone Nut, and Party Arty "Da Graveyard"

Circa: 1995
Producer: Buckwild

Like “Show and Prove,” "Da Graveyard" from Big L's 1995 debut Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous is an overlooked but action-packed posse cut notable for its talent roster. Similarly, Jay’s verse is far from the track’s strongest, or his best work from this period. In fact, his double-time schtick comes across as particularly gimmicky here. But, with a roster including the late Big L, Lord Finesse, and Grand Daddy I.U. trading verses over a dank, grimy beat from DITC’s Buckwild, “Da Graveyard’ as a whole represents one of the most memorable tracks from Jay’s days before the Roc.

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