AlbumThe Best of Both Worlds
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/Jive
Producer: R. Kelly, Poke and TineJay-Z and R. Kelly's two Best of Both Worlds albums were both cursed with bad timing, putting up big initial numbers and then disappearing with no videos or sustained promotion amidst controversy and feuds. But the first one, in 2002, is simply a great party record that many Jay fans weren't trying to hear a few months after anointing The Blueprint a classic. The Trackmasters laced up a killer loop of The Bee Gees' "Love You Inside Out," a couple years before Snoop sampled the same track on a single, and Jay was so inspired by the Gibbs' falsetto that he threw a few playful high notes into his opening verse. —Al Shipley