Jay-Z’s Five Best R&B Guest Verses

Mariah Carey and Jay-Z at Madison Square Garden, 2006. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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Earlier this week, Jay-Z lent his rap chops to Justin Timberlake‘s new “Suit And Tie” song. A suitably swanked up affair, the collaboration seemed like a fine prompt to dip back through Jigga’s impressive vault of guest turns on R&B songs (that do not include his aural canoodlings with wife Beyoncé). Here’s five of Jay’s best tender-leaning verses.

1. S.W.V., “You’re the One”

Lining up alongside the Lost Boyz and Busta Rhymes, Jigga sparks the perky remix into life while dropping the romantic sentiment that “you make a n***a rise like tax on the dollar.” No romance without finance, indeed.

2. Mariah Carey, “Heartbreaker”

Things Jay-Z likes to do with a lady as gleaned from his guest turn on Mariah’s “Heartbreaker”: Go shopping, have a pretend boxing brawl, and indulge in a late-night pillow fight. Feel free to cut and paste the list into your online dating profile of choice and thank us later.

3. Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”

Culled from the period of his career when he decided to start rapping in the tone of a small pedigree dog walking across some very hot coals, Jigga gets into the spirit of Amy’s defiant ode by quipping that “six pairs of kicks is my definition of twelve steps.”

4. Changing Faces, “All of My Days”

Coming up under the tutelage of R. Kelly, the Changing Faces duo were graced with some swanky Jigga lines for their sultry ’90s effort “All of My Days.” Showing how he comes domestically trained, Jay guarantees, “In the bathroom put the toilet seat back down.”

5. Horace Brown, “Things We Do for Love”

Hopping on to a track by mid-’90s Motown man Horace Brown, Jay comes through with 16 bars that take in big gaming trips to Nevada, predictions of platinum parties, and the Hallmark declaration that it’s “me and old girl against the whole world.”

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