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Jay Z - Brooklyn’s Finest (mp3 download)

» Reasonable Doubt (1996)
producer Feat. Notorious B.I.G

This classic back-and-forth lyrical slugfest between two of the absolute best to ever do it started as a solo cut called “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Once the Notorious B.I.G. was onboard, Jay altered his verses so he could trade friendly fire with the reigning king of N.Y., and changed the title to something more precise. You can hear each verse upping the ante for the next. “From ’9-6, the only MC with a flu / Yeah I rhyme sick, I be what you’re trying to do,” Jay challenges, only for Biggie to counter with his own sick punch line, “Gotta go, Coolio mean it’s getting ‘Too Hot’ / If Fay’ had twins, she’d probably have two ’Pacs.” Decision is split on whose performance is toughest (I’d take Big by a whisker), but the song is one of the most intense and enjoyable rap duets Jay ever recorded.

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