no81bob top 20 2011: No 12 Izzo (H.O.V.A) – Jay-z

Halfway through The Blueprint, it suddenly came to me – where would Jay-z be without the original Notorious no81B.O.B?

The ego, the aggression, the fierce defence of their territories, the  chicks…well maybe not the chicks.  Pride in who he is.

The music on The Blueprint is sheer brilliance. I don’t think I’ve heard a better sound in a long time – classic soul numbers from Al Green, The Jackson 5 and others are given a brilliant hip-hop makeover and form the backdrop for Jay-z’s rapping. Its chilled but intense at the same time. My favourites are Izzo (H.O.V.A), Never Change and the duet with Eminem Renegade.

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