Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
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Jay-Z spit some of the most introspective lines of his career over Kanye's backdrop, which is laced with a sample of David Ruffin's "Common Man." The beat has a sweeping soulful ambiance to it thanks to Kanye's incredibly precise loop from the Ruffin record. The added drums and bassline made it hip-hop ready and helped put Kanye on the map.