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I Made It A Hot Line, You Made It A Hot Song

Where as the producers were having the grandest time with those a capellas, rappers got crafty and decided to invoke the spirit of Jay in their own way. Swizz Beatz protégé battled the sophomore slump with his platinum single, “I’m A Hustla” stemming from Jay-Z’s “Dirt off Your Shoulder.” Likewise, T.I. used Jay’s vocals to his chart placement’s advantage on “Bring ‘Em Out,” which borrowed a line off “What More Can I Say.” The Clipse made waves in the street with their “Where You Been” and even frenemy Beanie Sigel tried to get in on the action with “All the Above,” but his joint was wack.

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