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Jay Z’s grooviest song collaborations

Posted by Katie McLeod  August 9, 2013 01:11 PM

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When Jay Z joins Justin Timberlake for the “Legends of Summer” tour at Fenway Park this weekend, it won’t be the first time that the hip-hop mogul will have teamed up with a mega pop star.

From Coldplay to Kanye West, Hova has been known to work with a wide range of talented artists throughout the years, creating plenty of memorable song collaborations in the process.

Jam out to some of Jay’s top team-up tunes below.

“Holy Grail”

The lead track off of Jay Z’s latest studio album, “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” immediately skyrocketed up the charts this year, debuting at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. Teaming up with Justin Timberlake once again following their earlier 2013 hit, “Suit & Tie,” expect to hear both tunes when the pair hits Fenway Park this weekend.


The modern day masters of hip-hop, Kanye West and Jay Z dominated the airwaves in 2011 with their smash album “Watch the Throne.” One of their most successful singles off the album, “Otis,” took home a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Rap Performance and was also nominated for Best Rap Song.


Coldplay and Jay Z performing on the same song? The unusual collaboration occurred in 2008 when the band added a rap section by Hova to their hit song “Lost!” Jay and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are actually pretty good friends and have performed several times on stage together.

"’03 Bonnie and Clyde”

Years before they officially became Mr. and Mrs. Carter, the entertainment industry’s biggest power couple teamed up for this 2002 hit, the lead single off of Jay’s seventh studio album, “The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.” The song climbed to number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the rapper’s second top ten single while also marking Knowles’s first as a solo artist.

“Brooklyn’s Finest”

What do you get when you put two of the greatest rappers of all-time on the same song? An instant classic of course! The Notorious B.I.G. joined Hova on this track off of Jay Z’s 1996 debut album, “Reasonable Doubt,” released less than a year before Biggie's shocking death on March 9, 1997.

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