Jay Z's Best Songs Before "Reasonable Doubt"

Jay-Z f/ Jaz & Sauce Money "I Can't Get Wid That"

Circa: 1994
Producer: DJ Clark Kent

Like most tongue-twistin' raps from the '90s, Jay's double time flows on "I Can't Get With That" sound seriously dated—especially if you're not old enough to remember when such lyrical theatrics were considered halfway cool. But "I Can't Get Wid That"—the B-side to Jay's debut single "In My Lifetime"—has a buttery, piano loop beat from DJ Clark Kent that make the goofier moments ("Well check out the J, check out the A, check out the Y... Z!") go down a lot smoother. And, when Jay slows things down, he's got some slick one liners that still make us stop and laugh ("I'm nicer than a bitch, ask this nigga Dash/Now he don't count cause I'm making his ass rich").

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