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

Jay-Z and Sauce Money "Nuthin But Love"

Circa: 1994
Producer: DJ Clark Kent

Unless you were in the streets in Brooklyn in the mid '90s or a hip-hop A&R man in those days, you probably never heard the demo recordings that Jay-Z made with DJ Clark Kent back when they were new and fresh. Fortunately for Hov completists, DJ Rhude liberated a healthy portion of these tracks on his 2001 mixtape, BC: Before the Roc, including this collab with frequent cohort Sauce Money over a soulful, Marvin Gaye sample. Among the statements on the circa '94 track is perhaps the earliest lyrical expression of J-Hova's career-spanning Messianic complex: "If Tyson was slicing through tracks/Your screaming Jesus Christ is back and god knows he can rap."

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