Circa: 1986
Producer: Jack Walker, The Jaz

There’s little about Jay’s appearance on “HP Gets Busy,” the lone single from Brooklyn crew High Potent, that hints at the greatness to come. The track is fairly typical of the drum machine-driven mid ‘80s rap records made just before Marley Marl brought sampling into vogue, right down to the cheesy keyboard sounds. But as an archaeological artifact, the track—which sees a high school-age Jay rhyming alongside the elder Jaz-O and little known, Marcy-reared footnotes Easy LB and Joy—is priceless.