DJ Clue? f/ Ja Rule & Jay-Z "Gangsta Shit" (1998)
Album: The Professional
Label: Desert Storm/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Producer: DJ Clue?
They had already been collaborating together as far back as 1995 via their mutual friend Irv Gotti (word to Mic Geronimo), but after Jay had effectively introduced Ja to the world via "Can I Get A," they were as closely associated with each other as they'd ever be. So when DJ Clue dropped his platinum debut "retail mixtape" for Roc-A-Fella, The Professional, at the end of 1998, the Roc boss's big marquee guest appearance naturally featured Jeffrey on the third verse. Released less than 3 months after Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life's massive sales triumph, it was one of the first glimpses of Jay-Z the cocky superstar, taunting the listener to do the math on how much he was worth: "Fuck it, I lost count, why don't you tell me the amount?" â€”Al Shipley