Jay-Z Feat. Scarface & Beanie Sigel “This Can’t Be Life” (2000)
Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Sample: Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes “I Miss You”
Pre-Roc-A-Fella, Kanye was struggling to pay Con-Ed and “get a Pelle Pelle off lay-away” when he crafted this gem for Jay’s posse-album-turned-solo-album. So Ye ruffled through his crate of oldies but goodies and sped up a Harold Melvin soul stirrer, emerging with a poignant track perfect for hard knock life doting.