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Jay Z - Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (mp3 download)

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Broken down in the simplest form, Jay-Z’s career exists in two acts: before and after this song’s existence. “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” changed the course of Jay-Z’s career and made his life and times understandable (and captivating) to millions. Mark the 45 King’s Annie sample is the not-so-secret sauce on this whopper of a hit record — vocals of the orphaned characters portray a beautiful struggle that’s both the furthest thing from hip-hop and its epitome.

Jay’s street-conscious lyricism oozes authenticity and bridges the gap, making this song a crown jewel in his discography.

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