Tim Westwood Shares Rare Jay Z Freestyle From ‘Hard Knock Life’ Days [VIDEO]
UK radio DJ Tim Westwood is sharing another gem from the vault. This time it's a throwback verse from Jay Z during the Vol 2… Hard Knock Life era.
The five-minute video shows a number of photos of Jay Z over the years as the rhymes play out.
"Now everybody wanna rhyme like Hov / Cause I rhyme like I be rhymin' in the Rov' / Climbin' in them hoes / Mind's like the diamonds, I'll blind you at them shows / I don't shine, I glow, I remind you of that dough," he raps. At one point he even makes a eery prediction about his marriage to Beyonce. "I'm Destiny's Child, my fate's been sealed," he rapped years before he and Bey started dating in 2003.
Some parts of the verse show up later on DMX’s “Blackout” off of his Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood album. But for the most part, it remains to be unreleased material that's sure to provide quotables for Instagram captions and tweets.
Last November, Westwood shared a verse from the Jiggaman dating back to 1999. We can't only hope that there's more in his vault. Jay Z may be semi-retired from the rap game but it's not hard to find out why he's revered as one of the greatest— especially after hearing this freestyle. Check it out above.