Best Line: "I'm only trying to show you how black niggas live/But you don't want your little ones acting like this"
It's awesome when Jay-Z flosses about how much money he has, because he does it in a slick, aspirational way, but it's especially dope to hear dude offer social commentary—the type of raps he's spit on some songs like "Where I'm From" and "Renegade." This "(Pimp The System)" version of the revolutionary dead prez cut has Hov going into detail about how he's harassed as a black man in the suburbs, despite his music's influence on "Lil Joey" and "Billy." It's great, and it's not preachy because the flow is butter smooth; it's one of Jay-Z's best and most honest verses. —Ernest Baker