Picks and Pans Review: Rap's Guest of Honor: Jay-Z
His new CD The Black Album doesn’t come out until Nov. 28 (appropriately, Black Friday). Still, rhyme pays for Jay-Z: He’s guest-appearing on five current discs. Here’s a rundown:
•Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé Jay-Z helps his gal pal out with her solo debut by performing on two cuts: “That’s How You Like It” and the No. 1 summer smash, “Crazy in Love.”
•Bad Boys II, Original Soundtrack Jigga’s contribution to this all-star album, “La-La-La,” is a sequel to his 2003 hit “Excuse Me Miss.”
•The Neptunes Present…Clones, Various Artists On “Frontin’,” Jay-Z backs up Neptunes producer Pharrell.
•Beware, Panjabi MC Indian bhangra meets East Coast rap on the Jay-Z remix of “Beware of the Boys.”
•Love & Life, Mary J. Blige On the title-track intro, Jay-Z joins P. Diddy in saluting the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.