With a solo catalog that spans 16 years, 11 albums and countless hit singles, picking a favorite Jay-Z song is no easy task. With hype building for Hov’s final show of his homecoming at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday, MTV News hit up our favorite rap artists and asked them: What’s your favorite Jay-Z track to see him perform and why?
“Probably ’Run This Town,’ it feels like you’re about to go to war or something,” Wale said of Jay’s 2009 collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West.
Mississippi newcomer Tito Lopez likes the more introspective Hov on stage. “My favorite Jay-Z song to watch him perform is ’Song Cry,’ ” he said. “That might not even be my favorite Jay song, but it’s my favorite to watch him perform because of the emotion he puts into it, you don’t see him get too emotional.”
Diggy Simmons likes the God MC’s 1997 BK-dedication “Where I’m From,” but Meek Mill gets more excited for the new classics. “I like a lot of them but just recently I’d say ’N—as in Paris,’ ” the Philadelphia spitter said of the Watch the Throne tour highlight. “That was my favorite one, he dropped it five times.”
Queens, New York, rookie rapper 360 had to go back to 2001’s The Blueprint to find his top choice, “U Don’t Know,” but Bow Wow and Roots drummer Questlove went in a different direction entirely. “Gotta be ’Public Service Announcement,’ ” said Bow without hesitation.
Even though the Just Blaze-produced stand-out wasn’t a single, it is definite fire-starter. When Hov spits the opening bars “Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Hov,” fans routinely throw their diamond-hand signs in the air and wave them up and down during Jigga shows.
“Hands down ’P.S.A.,’ ” said Quest who frequently performs with Jay. “Me having done it with him, me having seen it in the audience that’s probably they highest adrenaline moment.”
What’s your favorite Jay-Z song to see live? Sound off in the comments!