Album: The Black Album
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
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Jay-Z's documentary Fade to Black captures the moment when Kanye played Jay this track for the first time, making his case that it was the perfect track for a man on his way out of the rap game. He was right. The triumphant cut made it from the studio to The Black Album, and then to a sold-out Madison Square Garden, where Jay used it to bid a temporary farewell to his music career. Those horns and and persistent drums carried it the entire way.