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Show Me What You Got

by

Jay-Z



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There are 3 prominent samples used in this song: The vocal refrain comes from "Show 'Em Whatcha Got" by Public Enemy (Flavor Flav's vocal. The saxophone loop is from "Darkest Light" by Afro Rock Band (also used in "Rump Shaker" by Wreckx-N-Effect) and the main loop comes from "Shaft In Africa" by Johnny Pate. (thanks, Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR)
This could be considered Jay-Z's comeback single, as he announced his retirement from rap after The Black Album in 2003. He devoted his efforts to running the Def Jam label, and his marketing acumen is apparent in the promotion of this song, which was the first single from Kingdom Come. The song made it's debut on ESPN's Monday Night Football (Jay-Z and ESPN have a cozy relationship - in his song "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" he mentions the network, and ESPN anchor Stuart Scott frequently uses Jay's lyrics as catch phrases in highlights), and was featured in commercials for Budweiser Select.
In the music video, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Danica Patrick are racing a Pagani Zonda S and a Ferrari F430 Spider. The video is based on scenes from several James Bond movies, including the car race in GoldenEye, the boat chase in The World Is Not Enough and the card game in Casino Royale. (thanks, Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR)
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The syncopation rocks
- John, Mountain Lakes, NJ
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