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Random Jay-Z Freestyle From Over the Weekend: Good!

Jay-Z at the Palms.

New tracks from Whitney Houston and Air are floating around today, but your Right-Click offering is, instead, a not-particularly-well-recorded a cappella freestyle recorded at a Jay-Z show in Vegas this past Friday. Why? Well, it’s not because the mini-verse seems to have reignited two beefs you were either utterly unaware of or utterly uninterested in. No, we’re presenting the snippet because … well … Jay sounds pretty fucking good, huh? Post–Kingdom Come, new music from Hov has fallen all over the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations, and the run-up to Blueprint 3 has been no exception (the highs of “Jockin’ Jay-Z,” the lows of “D.O.A.”). But now Jay has us firmly back in the psyched-for-BP3 camp, thanks mostly to this line: “As far as street guys, we was dealing crack / that’s how the game goes, I don’t owe nobody jack / grown men want me to sit ’em on my lap / but I don't have a beard and Santa Claus ain’t black.”

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