Jay Z’s Most Gangster Samples

Jackin’ for Beats

November 6, 2014, marks the seventh anniversary of the release of Jay Z’s tenth album American Gangster. The concept album was built around the film of the same name starring Denzel Washington and centered on the life of New York gangster Frank Lucas. The album’s lead single, “Blue Magic,” produced by The Neptunes, sampled En Vogue’s RB classic “Hold On” and Eric B Rakim’s “My Melody” as Hov took his spot back atop the hip hop throne.

In honor of the release, let’s take a look at some of Hova’s most daring samples.

— Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)

(Photo: Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam Records)