Producer: Ski
Album: Reasonable Doubt
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Priority

Despite Jay-Z's attempt to break into the rap game, he seemed to treat it only as a hobby, like he could take or leave the success that came along with being a rap star. He was into the fast money, the street money.

Throughout the course of Reasonable Doubt, Jay appeared to still have one foot in the streets, as if unable or unwilling to break his underworld ties. Whether this was actually true is another story, but on “Politics As Usual,” he made you believe it. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams? Nah, Jay was really bout this life. It's raining here again.