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Let's be honest: before Beanie Sigel came along, Roc-A-Fella records was kind of a joke. Maybe not a joke, but it was at best nothing more than Jay-Z's vanity brand, a crew that consisted of limited MCs like Memphis Bleek and Sauce Money, and R&B acts like Rell and ChristiÃ³n. But it wasn't until the Broad Street Bully came into the crew in the late '90s that the Roc finally got a lyrical heavyweight who could really go toe-to-toe with the the God MC, Jay-Hova.
10 years later, the New York-Philly alliance is finally over. After floundering in the wake of the Roc-A-Fella breakup, Beans finally put out a diss song directed at Jay-Z last night, along with an in-depth interview about his reasons. We can't say we didn't see it coming, but it's still a sad day for old fans of the Roc. Follow us as we look back at the good days with The 10 Best Jay-Z/Beanie Sigel Collaborations...
Jay-Z f/ Beanie Sigel, The LOX and Sauce Money "Reservoir Dogs" (1998)
The original Jay/Beans/Face collabo from The Dynasty remains one of Jay-Z's greatest songs ever. On the classic early Kanye beat, each MC shows their vulnerable side, telling autobiographical stories about loss and personal frustrations. "Don't worry, if it was meant to be, it'll be soon."
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