I can remember my dude Jas hitting me up to tell me that Jay Z was back. See, once Jay dropped that Hard Knock Life album with all more Swizz Beats and less Primo and Ski, I gave up on money. But Jas was telling me that the "old Jay" was back on his new album "The Blueprint." Now, this is my dude and we see eye to eye on 90% of music, so I'm like "aiight, I'll bite." And it just so happened that the radio was playing this new Jay's new song "Girls, Girls, Girls" that was bananas when I got off the phone with Jas. Needless to say, I copped the album the same day and saw what Jas was talking about, that Jay was really back. But it wasn't just his rhymes that were back on point (I always said that comp brings out the best of Jay) but it was more so the beats were dope. And after peeping the credits, I'm like "who the hell is Just Blaze and Kanye West?"
Well, these 2 cats turned out to be two of the dopest producers of the past decade. These two cats were the new version of Pete Rock and Primo and they made a dope team to help produce Jay's comeback CD. We all know what Ye went onto become (more on how I feel about Ye another day) and Just wasn't nobody's slouch either. Both are two of my fav producers and by Ye rhyming as well as making beats put him in his own lane and Just stayed in the "producer only" lane and I always felt like Just knocked Primo out the box for being the go to cat whenever somebody wanted that street banger for their album.
Not to mention that Just's discography is like a who's who of hip hop and R&B over the last 13 years and with him lacing everyone from Jay Z, Fab, T.I. and Usher to Freeway, Camron, Lenny Kravitz and The Game. Just has proven his worth to the game and money's also has been putting in his bid to crack my top 10 producer list but as much as I love Just, my knock on this dude has always been he's never produced a whole album for somebody. And at the end of the day, that blemish will FOREVER keep Just outta my top ten. He's still dope as hell though....
Public Service Announcement - Jay Z
Exhibit C - Jay Electronica
Oh Boy - Camron feat. Juelz Santana
Breath - Faboulous
What We Do - Freeway feat. Beanie Sigel and Jay Z
React - Erick Sermon featuring Redman
You Don't Know - Jay Z
Come On Baby - Saigon
Girls Girls Girls - Jay Z
Roc Da Mic - Beanie Sigel w/Freeway
I Love My B*#ches - Rick Ross
Hovi Baby - Jay Z
Exhibit A - Jay Electronica
Safe To Say (The Incredible) - Fat Joe
The Invitation - Saigon
I Really Mean It - The Diplomats
Song Cry - Jay Z
Beanie (Mack) - Beanie Sigel
Public Service Announcement rmx - Jay Z
The Best of Just Blaze