Track 5. "Gotta Have It"
Sounds Like: A cool reminder that Jay-Z and Kanye West are not to be fucked with. The two trade lines instead of verses in what results in a surefire example of what can happen when two pros team up.
Pros: Both come at the track hard, boasting their influence while holding allegiance to their hometowns (Brooklyn and Chicago, respectively). Except without blatant love letters to said cities, which we've heard before, they trade shout-outs to each other's hoods. Finishing their partner's thoughts in a way we've come to expect is still satisfying, particularly when filled with humorous pop culture references ("Cause I’m richer, and prior to this shit was movin’ freebase"). Along with its subtle boasting, the haunting backing vocals and accompanying tambourine allow this to remain a genuine head-bobber.
Cons: Even though they're not exactly compliments ("(Ain’t that where the Heat play?) / Yep (Niggas hate ballers these days)/ Ain’t that like LeBron James? (Ain’t that just like D-Wade) /
(Wait)") we could do without the Miami Heat references. We expected more from part-owner of The Nets and a Chicago native.
Definitive Self-Aggrandizing Lyric: "I'm planking on a million / I'm riding through your hood, you can bank I ain't go no ceiling." Even Jay knows it's never too late to capitalize on a meme.
Song Winner: Jay-Z, for his direct address to "mother fucker" rather than Kanye's gentler, "LOLOLOL to White America" attempt to reach the kids, when going in on a new verse.