Last year, Beyonce’ lit up the Super Bowl halftime show and her album “Lemonade” has generated the most Grammy Award nominations this year. Her husband, Jay-Z, has won 21 Grammy Awards himself and has sold over 100 million records. There is no question that Jigga and Queen B are the reigning King and Queen of Hip Hop. But it wasn’t always that way! Everyone has start somewhere and even these mega-superstars had to break in the business the hard way. Before Beyonce’ and Jay-Z were headlining they were supporting acts for the likes of Silkk The Shocker and Jaz-O. Let’s take a look back at these two landmark videos from back in the day.
If you’ve never heard of Jaz-O, you’re not alone! He was nicknamed “The Originator” and was an up-and-coming rapper in the late 80’s. His first single “Hawaiian Sophie” is a dreadful hip hop track that features a young rapper, Sean Carter (Jay-Z) busting into the game. A few years later, Jay-Z was ruling the charts and returned the favor adding Jaz-O as a guest vocalist on “Bring It On” and his hit “Nigga What, Nigga Who” where he’s credited as Big Jaz.
“HAWAIIAN SOPHIE” JAZ-O featuring JAY-Z
Beyonce’s story is a little more predictable. Rapper Silkk The Shocker was gaining momentum after teaming up with Master P and No Limit Records. After being featured on Master P’s signature song “Make ‘Em Say Uhh”, Silkk released his own singles “It Ain’t My Fault” with Mystikal and “Just Be Straight With Me” with a new girl group, Destiny’s Child. The original four member lineup of Destiny’s Child including Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and LeToya Luckett appear in the background singing a sample of the S.O.S. Band’s “Just Be Good To Me” on Silkk’s hit.
“JUST BE STRAIGHT WITH ME” Silkk The Shocker Featuring Destiny’s Child