Jay-Z releases "Can't Knock the Hustle" single
"Can't Knock the Hustle" is the third single from rapper Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt.
The song features a beat produced by Knobody, co-produced by Sean C and Dahoud Darien, as well as a chorus sung by Mary J. Blige. Its beat contains samples from "Much Too Much" by Marcus Miller and "Fool's Paradise" by Meli'sa Morgan. Before the song begins, Pain in da Ass delivers a monologue from the 1983 gangster film Scarface. Jay-Z then proceeds to deliver mafioso lyrics about drug dealing and street life.
The song was originally supposed to have Latin singer Veronica sing the hook, but the more popular Mary J. Blige replaced her. A live version of "Can't Knock the Hustle" found on the bonus disc of Kingdom Come features Beyoncé singing the song's hook. The song's beat has been heavily sampled by UK soul singer Lemar in his song 50/50.
1. "Can't Knock the Hustle (Original Mix)"
2. "Can't Knock the Hustle (Instrumental)"
3. "Can't Knock the Hustle (Acapella)"
4. "Can't Knock the Hustle (Hani Remix)"