The singles discography of American rapper Jay-Z consists of 68 singles as a lead artist, and 51 singles as a featured artist, as well as 14 promotional singles. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard and it received positive reviews from critics. In he released the smash hit singles " Can I Get A The singles helped the album Vol.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. It's certainly a feat when you're one of the most successful hip-hop artists in America. Since , Jay-Z continues to leave his mark on the world, from hip-hop and beyond, by releasing material favored by the masses. It would seem that Jay wouldn't have as much time to commit to music than he did back then, considering his many other entrepreneurial endeavors and father responsibilities. But he's still putting in work; his 12th studio album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," will be dropping worldwide on July 7. Jay has charted 72 entries on the Billboard Hot chart, with 19 songs going in to the top 10 -- the most top 10 hits among rap acts.
Skip to Content. Almost 25 years after Jay Z's debut album, we take a look at the legendary rapper's greatest songs. Jay Z, like Che Guevara with bling on, is complex. But throughout his career, there have been at least two sides to Jay Z. But Jay would probably argue that his own duality is a commentary as well — the fact that poverty drove him to sell drugs in the first place and he still feels the impulse to do whatever he can to distance himself from that means something is wrong with America. But we took the time and we did it.
If Jay-Z had his way back in , this list would be too brief to warrant compiling. But the industry had different plans. His catalogue contains some of the most potent imagery and lucid storytelling about poverty and the desperation that it breeds, all while dominating mainstream pop music, in a delicate tightrope act that almost no one else has ever been able to manage for the span of time that Jay has. His merging of thinking-man street raps with commercial hits paved the way for artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole to do the same today. But as an adolescent, he put his hobby on the backburner and crack sales on the front. He followed that with the inconsistent, overly polished In My Lifetime, Vol. From through , Jay was unstoppable. He released at least one project annually, while nurturing promising new talent like Philadelphia-based rappers Freeway and Beanie Sigel. With the help of brilliant music minds like Kanye West, Just Blaze, and the Neptunes, Jay dictated the course of hip-hop and emerged as a keen songwriter who knew exactly how to maximize the strengths of his collaborators.