Will one day if not already be known as the true greatest of all time. He is already the most admired rapper today. Every rapper who has a record label, clothing line, or any sort of business venture should thank Jay-Z because he is the trailblazer for the lifestyle your favorite rapper has become accustom to.

However instead of taking all the credit he share it with mc's that have passed away (big, pac,) or may not be as hot anymore. All those that chastise Jay for stealing, borrowing, or sampling other rappers should know that for example by taking an old Ice-T song "99 problems" he is helping the evolution of hip-hop without forgetting the legends that paved his way,at the same time he is showing the younger rappers how to manage being a well known public figure from the hood and how to handle all the attention from high profile court cases to high profile girlfriend.

This is something that is never brought to light amongst the common rap fans that don't listen to music but would rather skim through it. It is common among those who criticize Jay to say he was good back in 95 but his skills have taken a back seat to creating a catchy radio single. He has admitted some truth in that assertion however one must remember that the purpose of the single is to advertise the album itself so in order to draw you in their must be a sure fire hit. Supposedly his best album Reasonable Doubt had no such hit. It is no coincidence then that it was his lowest seller and thereby slept-on.

My last point is to refer to the battle between Jay-Z and Nas. To make my point I will paraphrase the lines that the mc's used to battle first Jay would attack Nas credibility making statements that were 100 percent true from his album not being nowhere as good as his first, how he was getting screwed out of his money (if you check reasonble doubts credits you will see he did pay searchlight publishing) and how he wasn't what he claimed to be. Nas responded back by making a whole song calling jay gay. Go back and listen to ether all the parts people always mention are parts not based off truth they are just gay jokes same thing with the stillmatic freestyle gay jokes and theat whole "on the freeway to memephis" nonsense.I will give him that Ether is a great diss song but it doesn't cut with the same power as super ugly song did. He said he left condoms in nas's baby mamas seat that had to hurt him. This is at the end the day what the battle was gay jokes big lips jokes versus personal revaltion that destroys character.
At the end of the day anyone who says ether and nas are better than takeover and jay probably is one of those people that never wanted hip-hop to progress never want anything new or change Jay-Z however is the oppsite as he continues to see how much he can change hip-hop for the better that is why he is the greatest of all time.
"crime family well connected jay-z and you fake thugs is unplugged like mtv"
"pops new exactly what he did when he made me try to get a nut and he got a nut in what"
"and all you other cats throwing shots at jigga/ you only get half a bar F*CK YALL N*GG*S"
"it gets te-di-ous/ so i keep one eye open like c-b-s/ you see me streesed right"
by be fresh September 15, 2005
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Pretty much everyone who has written a definition for Jay is a fucking idiot. Jay-Z is one of the most lyrically brilliant rappers in raps short history. Thats not arguable its a fact. It is true that he began to commercialize his rap after his outstanding debut album Reasonable Doubt (one of the best rap albums in history) and that was unfortunate, but he turned it around with the Blueprint which was a great album and Blueprint 2 and Black Album were also very good. If I see one more person write that Jay-Z is fake or is a pussy im gonna go fucking insane. The beauty of the Jay-Z vs. Nas battle was that they are both lyrically brilliant, they both have lived what they say and are straight from some of the most infamous housing projects, or "hoods" in New York City and every accusation they made about eachother being fake was a lie. Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls were like fucking best friends (besides Puff) so of course they are gonna take some bars from eachother. Wait, who was in the two best collaborations Notorious B.I.G has ever done? Oh yeah - Jay-Z (Brooklyns Finest, I Love the Dough). Hes fake even though he was a huge drug dealer, and stabbed a guy just for leaking bootlegs of his album into the street (OH HE FUCKING FAKED THAT, OK THATS A FUCKING SMART THING TO SAY CONSIDERING THAT LANCE RIVERA MADE A PUBLIC STATEMENT THAT HE SAW JAY WALK OVER TO HIM IN THE CLUB AND STAB HIM). If he was that fake and that much of a pussy would "The Game" throw positive lines at him in pretty much everyone of his songs and describe him as a legend? Just because he fucking makes songs that the mainstream pop audience likes doesnt mean hes a motherfucking fake and anyone who knows anything about Rap and its history knows that, if u disagree your a fucking moron and u shouldnt be allowed to listen to rap music.
"I'm not a biter I'm a writer for myself and others
I say a B.I.G. verse, I'm only biggin up my brother
Biggin up my borough, I'm big enough to do it
I'm that thorough" --- Very True

DOWNLOAD THE 7 MINUTE FREESTYLE HE DID WITH BIG L AND THEN SAY HES NOT A GOOD RAPPER

also buy Reasonable Doubt and realize its one of the best rap albums ever made, better then Illmatic (barely)
by KNOWER OF THE TRUTH February 10, 2005
Facts/non-opinionated, accumilative definitions:

Jay-Z was a hip-hop artist in the 1990's. Jay-Z was pseudonym for Sean Carter, dirivative of his New York childhood nickname, Jazzy.

Jay-Z, over the period of his career in hip-hop, was very successful, and had a slew of hits, such as "Can I Get A..." "Big Pimpin" and "Hard Knock Life". Jay-Z's debut album "Reasonable Doubt" did not receive much success, but much acclaim for those who found the album. His later work was geered more towards a pop-oriented crowd, however, they became more and more successful. His "Blueprint" album was seen as his masterpiece, but not quite topping "Reasonable Doubt". Jay-Z and mogul Damon Dash started Rocafella records. He announced his retirement in early 2004 and "The Black Album" was his last album.

During Jay's career, he engaged in a feud or "beef" with another popular rap artist named Nas. Both MC's were considered applicable opponents for each other, unlike many beefs, and there would be no clear victor if they were to ever MC battle. Many people decided to take sides on this fight, while many stayed neutral.

This posters opinion:

I like Jay-Z. Though I always like the hip-hop stylings of Public Enemy, Run D.M.C, A Tribe Called Quest, and the Beastie Boys better, I still have an amount of respect for him being a known pop-oriented rapper and still making good albums and keeping a certain amount of street credibility. As for what side I take on the feud, I'm going to go with Jay. Though I do thoroughly enjoy Nas and his "Illmatic", I feel that Jay just made better albums than Nas, which is a factor which is very important to me.
"A good example of hip-hop's influence on pop music in the 1990's would be Jay-Z"
by Blackbird December 27, 2004
a filthy big lipped beast
judge franklin: "you're an animanl, a filthy big lipped beast!!"
by sir fooksalot May 29, 2005
Man who grew up in New York, and sold drugs to get money. He then became a rapper and quickly rose to the top of the New York rap scene. Now a days he's got his own shoe line S.Carter on Reebok, co-founded the clothing line for men and women, Rocawear. Had beef with artists such as Nas and Mobb Deep but currently ended the beef with Nas to make major beefs with former State Property members such as Peedi Crakk, Young Gunz and former friends Damon Dash, and Memphis Bleek. He also bought the New Jersey Nets and plans to bring them to his home town in Brooklyn in 2008.
Jay Z Came out with hits such as: H to the Izzo, Bonnie and Clyde (I forget the date); Girls, Girls, Girls; and Jigga my Ni**a.
by YungA.S. July 10, 2006
pretty good rapper, some say he's too commercial but it's certainly more enjoyable listening to him rather than say gay unit...
The Black Album-last great hip-hop album of our time....
by Velvet January 06, 2005
Used to describe anyone who gets murked by a man named Nasir Jones
I Was Scarface, Jay Was Manolo
It Hurt Me When I Had To Kill Him, And His Whole Squad For Dolo
by 3rd Disciple January 18, 2005
One the best rappers in Hip-Hop history. Born and raised in Marcy Projects located in Bed-stuy Brooklyn, he picked up the torch for NYC and for Brooklyn after the death of the Notorious BIG was murdered. Know for being one of the most consistant rappers in Hip-hop, putting out a new album every year in his career. Jay-Z left his mark on Hip-Hop with classic LP's like Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. Jay-Z is idolized by many of rap musics biggest names, as some refer to him often and even sample his voice in their songs. Jay-Z is a trend-setter and a very smart business man, owning numorous companys, and endorsing many products. Jay-Z's retirement concert which took place in Madison Square Garden sold out in minutes which is unheard of for Hip-Hop. Jay-Z sold out the concert singlehandedly, being the only performer scheduled to perform that night. Jay-Z is certainly one of best, if not the best rapper to ever grace the mic.
Jay-Z is the SHITTTT"
by Tim Shady May 15, 2005

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