Various Artists: A Tribute to Jay-Z [Big Eye] [PA]

Track List

>Girls, Girls, Girls - MC 2Strong/Natasha Prodie - (featuring MC 2Strong)
>Heart of the City (Ain't No Love) - Summer Ghetto Quartet/Al J-Row - (featuring Al J-row & The Summer Ghetto Quartet)
>Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - JT/Hampton Dutchie Passers - (featuring JT/Hampton Dutchie Passers)
>Jigga That N***a - Sandra Lee/Back ll Black - (featuring Shandra Lee)
>Take Over - Rockin' Goodfellas/Ziggy Spy Da Man - (featuring Rockin' Goodfellas/Ziggy Spy Da Man)
>Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) - Tha Reform School Girlz/JT
>Ruler's Back - MC 2Strong/Back ll Black - (featuring MC 2Strong)
>U Don't Know - Deep 6/Mini Him - (featuring Deep 6/Mini Him)
>Change the Game - L.A. Style/MC Mattel - (featuring L.A. Style/MC Mattel)
>Get Your Mind Right Mami - DJ Itchy Fingaz/Pimp Dawg
>Get This Money - DJ Itchy Fingaz/MC Baby Bonez - (featuring DJ Itchy Fingaz)
>I Just Wanna Love You - Lenny/Tha Thug Bustaz - (featuring Lenny/The Thug Bustaz)

Album Notes

Recording information: Carfire Stud-ios, Brooklyn, NY.

A Tribute to Jay-Z doesn't include the Brooklyn rapper's jaded, intellectual flow, and none of the unknown artists covering his songs here can really replicate him with any amount of flair. Nevertheless, this tribute is a testament to the strength of Jigga's songwriting, since the hits are still hits even without his top-notch production and his own flow on the mic. "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Change the Game," and "I Just Wanna Love You" are perfect, beat-drenched anthems; "Hard Knock Life" works best. Annie sample removed, stripped to a barebones bass and piano line, with JT's vague British accent inflecting Jay-Z's words, the song makes something new out of the old, which is really what a cover song should be about. ~ Johnny Loftus


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