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Jay-Z ft. Rihanna, Kanye West: 'Run This Town'

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Jay-Z ft. Rihanna, Kanye West: 'Run This Town'
Released on Monday, Aug 31 2009

Considering his profile, it's surprising how few bona fide hits Jay-Z has in his catalogue. In the UK, only the Annie-sampling 'Hard Knock Life' and Beyoncé collaboration '03 Bonnie & Clyde' troubled the top five, while '99 Problems' and that 'Crazy In Love' cameo are probably his only guaranteed entries in the history books. Clearly determined to right this wrong, he's called in a favour from a couple of old mates.

Boasting three of the biggest stars from the worlds of hip-hop and R&B, 'Run This Town' was never going to be a flop, but neither is it a roaring success. Kanye's slick rapping ("Reebok baby, you need to drop some new things, have you ever had shoes without shoestrings?") and Rihanna's "hey-hey" chorus hook make Jay-Z seem surplus to requirements, which surely can't have been the aim. The chaotic military march beats are impressive - and hats off to Jigga for snubbing Auto-Tune - but this track still doesn't seem fitting of an artist considered a groundbreaking rap legend.


> Click here to watch the 'Run This Town' video

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