Streets Is Talking: Socially Conscious Jay-Z Rhymes

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Speaking for the People

If skill's sold, truth be told

I'd probably be, lyrically

Talib Kweli
--Jay-Z, “Moment of Clarity”

In this famous line from 2003’s The Black Album, Jay-Z admits that he’s no Talib Kweli when it comes to conscious lyrics. But ironically, when Jay has chosen to address social ills in his rhymes, he’s shown that he can be just as powerful, poignant and deep as Kweli, Mos Def, Chuck D, Common or anyone else in the game. Click on to see some of Jay-Z’s best socially conscious lyrics.

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