Producer: Just Blaze
Album: 534
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

Jay-Z often helped buoy the careers of his Roc-A-Fella signings with guest verses on their albums. But occasionally he went ahead and stole the show, putting an entire solo cut of his own on a labelmate’s album. First, “Anything” appeared on Beanie Sigel’s 2000 debut The Truth. And five years later, Memphis Bleek’s third album, 534, was blessed with one of the best Jay songs of his brief 3-year “retirement.” Over the spare sound of fingers snapping in the wind that slowly ease into a lush sample of jazz pianist Weldone Irvine, Hov raps nostalgically about his favorite time of year to be a rap superstar.