Thursday, October 23, 2008

Throwback Thursdays: Jay-Z feat. Amil & Big Jaz - Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator 99) (1999)

...Or "Nigga What, Nigga Who", if you prefer the album version. Memorable song, considering that Jay-Z started his career with Jaz waayyyy back in the day. Also, this is the one of the first songs that Hova ever made with Timbaland. It's possible that this song is responsible for starting a producer/rapper relationship that garnered a number of hits for Jay-Z in the future.

One thing you automatically notice is that he raps a lot faster on this record than he does on the rest of the album. When you look at how Jay-Z used to rap, it seems as though this song may have been a tribute to his old days. Not only in Jaz on it, he called it Originator 99, which shouts out one of their songs from 1990.

As far as Amil goes, she's pretty much worthless. When Memphis Bleek even makes you look like you're not holding your weight, well, you've got problems. I remember when they had that one song off the Dynasty album with Jay, Beans, Bleek and Amil. The three dudes went in, and then they gave her like six bars at the very end. Just pathetic.

Where is Amil now, you ask? Well, she hasn't dropped an album since 2000, and the last thing I heard from her is this. I know the beat has been overdone, but with a name like "Amil", she really couldn't pass that up.

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