Producer: Just Blaze
Album: The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

In the weeks following the 2012 birth of Blue Ivy, a fake news item went viral that claimed that new father Jay-Z had chosen to honor his daughter by never again using the word “bitch” in his records or concerts. The bogus article was quickly debunked, but later on Jay did seem to regret the song where he used the word the most: “Bitches & Sisters” was, for a couple years, the only track on any of his available albums that was withheld from Tidal and other streaming services that carried his discography. Couplets like “Sisters get respect/ Bitches get what they deserve” are a bit harsher than anything that a married and more mature Hov would write today, but the brassy Just Blaze beat and irreverent wit of the track have aged well. And it just doesn’t make sense to disown one clever deconstruction of the B word when another, “99 Problems,” is one of his signature songs.