With damn near two decades logged in the game, it should come as no surprise that an artist like Jay Z, who at one point dropped albums less than one year apart from each other, is sitting on a Fort Knox-level of unreleased material. It should also be expected that even an artist as guarded as Jay has had information leaks here and there during that same time span, in which the existence of a few songs and collaborations that never actually came to fruition was confirmed. But unreleased songs get buried as new album sessions arise and as such, even the tracks we are blessed to know of have yet to see the light of day.
Now, with the birth of Tidal, which touts exclusive content as a major incentive to subscribe and commit to dropping as much as $20 a month, there's a place where Hov could graciously let loose the bounty of loosies that only Young Guru, Beyoncé, Kanye, and Blue Ivy have the option of hearing whenever they want.
Despite being a bonafide Jay Z Stan, I don't subscribe to Tidal because, call me crazy, but I still like downloading and keeping a library. Kanye shrug. So far, "exclusive content" on Tidal has meant "wait patiently for it to be ripped and enjoy for free." But if Jay doubled down on the exclusivity promise and dropped any or all of the slew of intriguing but unreleased tracks he's been sitting on for all of these years? Fuck it, take my money, fam. (But pls include a download option, because still, libraries>>>.)
Here's a collection of Jay Z songs that have been mentioned fleetingly in various places over the years, that only a superfan like myself even remembers. Shit, Jigga himself might've even forgotten one or two of these. But fuck a phone call, if you want new subscribers, Jay, here's the carrot with which to lure them in.
Frazier Tharpe is a staff writer for Complex. Follow him @The_SummerMan.