AlbumThe Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Producer: Just Blaze
Jay-Z's always seemed somewhat disinterested in all-star remixes of his own hits. More often, he'd rather just write a sequel himself with multiple new verses, and sometimes a new beat, as was the case with this easter egg hidden at the end of The Blueprint. Like the original, it's mostly an extended series of politically incorrect punchlines bagging women of various professions and ethnicities, but perhaps funnier than the first, with a great new Persuaders-sampling beat from Kanye West. At the time, Jay was flaunting a friendship with Michael Jackson, appearing on the "You Rock My World" remix and bringing MJ out at Summer Jam. But it wasn't until 2009 that he revealed that Michael actually contributed some backing vocals deep in the mix of "Girls Girls Girls (Part 2)." —Al Shipley