Jay-Z releases "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" single
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" is a single released from Jay-Z in 2001 from his sixth album The Blueprint.
It is among his most popular singles. This was the second song released off The Blueprint, after the diss track "Takeover", but the lead single from it. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
This song was also used in Jay-Z and Linkin Park's mash-up album, Collision Course. It was featured against Linkin Park's "In the End", creating a new song, "Izzo/In the End", which is track 5 on the album.
The song, produced by Kanye West, prominently features a sample of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5.
The music video features cameo appearances from Nelly, Eve, OutKast, Destiny's Child and Kanye West.
The song is mixed with Eminem's song "My Name Is" on the video game "DJ Hero"
In 2009, the song was honored by Pitchfork Media as being the 79th greatest song of the Aughties.