Sensational debut of Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z in 1996 marked the beginning of his swift and very prolific career. He releases an album every year, with millions of records sold, catapulting remarkable hits like a machine gun.
Shawn Corey Carter better known as Jay Z was born in 1969. He quickly made a prominent music career due to his amazing rap songs. Thirteen of his studio albums topped the Billboard 200 chart. This is a record among all solo performers and second place in history after “The Beatles”. Jay Z is also Grammy award multiple winner.
In particular, Jay Z explains his music videos incredible success by having a happy private life. The prominent rapper is married to the best American R&B-singer Beyonce. In 2002, they worked on the song “Bonnie & Clyde”, and their lives and creative work have been connected since that time.
Most critics admit that the 99% of Jay Z`s music videos are really great masterpieces. Therefore, it is not easy to choose the best of them as all people have various tastes. Notwithstanding this, we have made our best to offer you a list of top 10 Jay Z's music videos.
Let us start!
Album: Reasonable Doubt
“Ain't No Nigga” is the second track from Jay-Z`s “Reasonable doubt” debut studio album. This song was also a film soundtrack to the prominent movie by Eddie Murphy titled “The Nutty Professor”. In the song “Ain't No Nigga” Jay-Z partnered with a young rapper then Foxy Brown.
The amazing music video of the song begins with a scene comparable to a scene of “Scarface” movie with Al Pacino. In addition, the video clip features a cameo from Jay-Z`s close buddy, prominent rapper from Brooklyn – The Notorious B.I.G. This video clip is righteously considered to be one of the best Jay Z`s old music videos.
Album: Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
This Jay Z`s track features his close friend, famous American rapper DMX. In the music video itself the celebrated rapper continued using downward synthesizers.
The music video to the clip is considered to be one of the best Jay Z`s clips ever filmed. You can find anything in it: dancing, car racing, crashing. There are also many cute and lovely girls asking for certain help. No more talks – just watch it!
Album: Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
The song was included into Jay Z`s third official LP. “Hard Knock Life” samples a high-pitched variant of the track “It's the Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie (1977). The producer The 45 King did his best to make this song to be the most commercially victorious Jay-Z`s single.
The music video to the song was filmed the same year. In the clip Jay Z is shown in quite an unusual way. No words can really describe it. Just enjoy watching!
Album: Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
“Big Pimpin'” song is included into the rapper`s fourth LP. The track is also remarkable by the fact that the well-known Southern hip hop band “UGK” actively participated in its recording. After the song was released, Jay Z immediately desired to film a video clip on it. Thus, shooting process took place in exotic Trinidad during the famous Carnival.
The video depicts “UGK” and Jay-Z dispensing cash into the crowd while partying on a luxurious yacht. The music video also features an amazing hip hop model Melyssa Ford.
Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
It is also one of the best Jay Z`s songs. The video for “I Just Wanna Love U” features cameos from such prominent rap performers as Lil' Cease, Lil' Kim, Jermaine Dupri, Damon Dash, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, and famous actor John Witherspoon.
The clip itself was created by David Meyers. Janet Jackson included this song in a dance break during “Nasty” on her "All for You Tour”. By the way, another amazing American singer Britney Spears admitted that Jay-Z`s music video “I Just Wanna Love U” inspired he greatly while working with the song's producers The Neptunes for her “Britney” LP. In particular Spears confessed:
“For my “Britney” I was really inspired by Jay-Z and “The Neptunes”, those were the two people I really listened to”.
Album: The Black Album
“99 problems” is considered to be one of the best videos by Jay Z. In this song the rapper speaks about dealing with various annoying rap critics, racial profiling from a policeman who desires to examine his car. The clip on the song itself was released in April 2004.
In 2005, “99 Problems” was nominated for several MVPA awards winning three of them. However, the Humane Society of the United States of America criticized this music video severely for scenes that worshiped dog fighting. The clip itself was filmed totally black-and-white.
Album: Single by Rihanna featuring Jay Z from “Good Girl Gone Bad” LP
“Umbrella” is one of the most remarkable Beyonce and Jay Z`s music videos. The rapper actually co-wrote the track together with Kuk Harrell, Tricky Stewart and “The-Dream”. “Umbrella” is an R&B and a pop hit referring to a spiritual and a romantic and relationship and its great mutual strength.
The music video on “Umbrella” was released on April 26, 2007 at Rihanna`s site. All visual were supervised by Bert Yukich. A key part of the clip is a 24-second visual effects succession in which Rihanna is bounded by silvery strands of liquid that interweave the frame in elegant arcs replying to her movements. Jay Z personally participated in this fantastic concept creation. This music video received all possible music awards “Video of the Year”, “Female Artist of the Year”, “Monster Single of the Year”, and many others.
Album: American Gangster
Diddy, LV and Sean C did its best to produce the best song for Jay Z. It also contains extra vocals by Kanye West, Beyonce, and Cassie. Rolling Stone magazine officially called “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...” the best song of 2007.
Chris Robinson directed the clip and June Ambrose designed all costumes. The music video was completely filmed in New York in the rapper`s own night club named “The 40/40”.
“Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...” music video includes cameos by Mariah Carey, Chantel, Terrence J, Rick Ross, Diddy, Nas, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Tru Life, Young Gunz, Yaya DaCosta, Swizz Beatz, Drew Sidora, Kristia Krueger, Tristan Wilds, Chain 4, Beanie Sigel, Cassie, DJ Clue, Larry Johnson, Just Blaze, and other popular singers.
To record this single from his tenth LP Jay Z teamed up with prominent R&B singer Pharrell. Jay Z released the official music video on “I know”, directed by one of the best world clipmakers Philip Andelman, on February 2008. The clip shows Zoë Kravitz playing multiple roles.
According to Andelman:
“This clip is a surreal, daydream-like blending of four separate and unrelated stories, four unique trips taken on by four girls in one night in New York”.
In the music video every girl receives unique New York experience. Do you know to know which one was the luckiest? Jay Z already knows it!
Album: The Blueprint 3
The song feature great vocals by well-known American singer Alicia Keys. “Empire State of Mind” was actually written as a compliment to New York where both musicians were born. The music video for the track was finished on October 30, 2009. Hype Williams directed an amazing music video for “Empire State of Mind”.
It was filmed on the same location, featuring black-and-white images of New York intercut with color shots of Keys and Jay-Z and singing in Times Square. Alicia Keys praised this music video adding that all chief New York elements were present in the clip.
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