AlbumMiddle Finger U
Label: Priority/EMI
Producer: Spencer Bellamy
Among the many New York MCs that ran with Jay early in his career that ultimately became footnotes to his story, Sauce Money was one of the most talented. He ghostwrote Bad Boy hits just as Jay did, and dropped memorable guest verses on Jigga's first three albums. But he didn't see Roc-A-Fella's vision and chose not to sign with the label, ultimately releasing only one album, Middle Finger U, on Priority Records in 2000. By that point Jay was already soaring into the stratosphere, but was happy to drop 16 of his grimiest bars on the album highlight "Pre-Game" for his old friend. —Al Shipley