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.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. It's certainly a feat when you're one of the most successful hip-hop artists in America.
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. Hard Knock Life to debut at number 1 on the Albums chart and selling over 5 million copies.
The following is a list of songs by Jay-Z organized by alphabetical order. The songs on the list are all included in official label-released, albums , soundtracks and singles , but not white label or other non-label releases. Next to the song titles is the album, soundtrack or single on which it appears. Remixes and live versions of songs are listed as bullet points below the original song, but clean, explicit , a cappella and instrumental variations are not included.