Jay-Z told us years ago that he needed gangsta girls for his gangsta family. With Jigga and Foxy Brown appearing to be on the outs these days, why not ride with Foxxy Cleopatra instead?
On the heels of her Foxxy role in the latest "Austin Powers" flick, Destiny's Child's Beyoncé Knowles sings the hook on "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," the first single from Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2 - The Gift and the Curse, due out on November 12 (see "Jay-Z Returns From European Vacation, Ready To Hit Studio").
The Kanye West-produced song serves as an homage to Tupac both with its beat — which borrows from the Pac song "Me and My Girlfriend" off of the Makaveli album — as well as with Beyoncé's chorus. Mimicing Pac's hook, she croons, "Down to ride to the very end, me and my boyfriend."
Elsewhere, Jigga rhymes, "She riiides wit' me/ The new Bobby and Whitney/ Only time we don't speak is during 'Sex and the City'/ Put us together, how they gon' stop both of us?/ When I'm off track, Mommy is keeping us focused."
The verse continues: "Let's lock this down like it's supposed to be/ The '03 Bonnie and Clyde, Hov and B."
Meanwhile, Jay's nemesis Nas has also unleashed the first single from his upcoming God's Son LP (see "Nas Sets Release For God's Son, Pooh-Poohs Jay-Z's Challenge"), titled "Made You Look". The track pairs a retro-styled beat with equally classic and simplified rhymes.
"King of the Town, yeah I been that/ You know I click-clack, where you and ya mens at?" Nas rhymes. "Do the Smurf, do the Wop, Baseball Bat/ Rooftop like we bringing '88 back/ They shooting! Aw, made you look/ You a slave to a page in my rhyme book."
With two first singles that could not be more different from each other, these two hip-hop powerhouses are looking toward the final showdown — when they release their albums within weeks of each other this November.