Jay-Z, Also a Rapper! For Snoop Dogg, Anyway: "I Wanna Rock (The Kings Remix)"
Jay-Z may or may not be old-school double-dark-chocolate-chunk black, or a sell out, or seventy-three inches of all-black everything, but he's definitely still a rapper, at least when he bothers to come down from the mountain and grace somebody like Snoop Dogg with a guest verse. The "The Kings G-Mix" of Snoop's "I Wanna Rock" single falls into the latter day Jay tradition of jumping on big songs from the game's most successful rappers and basically celebrating everybody's collective dominance--see 50 Cent's "I Get Money (Forbes 1, 2, 3 Remix)" and Jay's "A Billi" remix of Lil Wayne's "A Milli," to name just two.
The controversial moment in this particular remix comes right at the end, when Jay affirms: "It's no Biggie, I'm just the king now." That's the latest score on a card Shawn Carter's been keeping in his pocket since the day his onetime patron died. Hard to get excited about a shot like that in 2010 but it's a step up from the whole using-rappers-names-for-wordplay trick Jay pulls out earlier. "I used to chef Raekwon, give fiends a Ghostface"--really?
I Wanna Rock (The Kings G-Mix) f. Jay-Z [CDQ] [Miss Info]