Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel's Best Collaborations


With Beanie Sigel apologizing to Jay-Z exclusively on XXLMag.com, we're holding onto the hope that the two can get back in the booth to record more memorable hits. When B. Sig and Hov were on good terms they created their fair share of bangers throughout the years. From spitting about their relationships with their fathers on "Where Have You Been" to tag-teaming alongside Scarface to set off lyrical fireworks on "This Can't Be Life" and trading bars on "Ignorant Shit," which proved to be their final collabo in 2007, there's plenty of reason to miss a classic Jay-Beans cut. Here's hoping S-dot and B. Sig patch up their differences for good and give us some more memorable music. Until then, though, XXL looks back on some of the best Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel collaborations. Marcy Projects, Philadelphia stand up! —Mark Lelinwalla

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel, The LOX & Sauce Money "Reservoire Dogs," Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (1998)


Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, The LOX and Sauce Money. You kidding us? Wow, we miss the good old days. This '98 record was raw and uncut.

Beanie Sigel feat. Jay-Z "Raw and Uncut," The Truth (2000)


Speaking of Raw & Uncut, that's exactly where the former Roc-A-Fella duo took it on this record, which appeared on Sigel's debut album, The Truth.

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel "Do It Again (Put Your Hands Up," Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)


It's hard to grab listeners' attention with Jay-Z on the same record. Yet, Beanie Sigel managed to do just that, while shouting Jay out at the same time with this clever line: "Got bitches in the back bounce in to Jigga what. Got ya hands up and I ain't even stick ya'll up." Tough.

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel "Were Have You Been," The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)


One of their earlier collabos, Beans and Hov pack punch talking about their respective relationships with their pops.

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel & Scarface "This Can't Be Life," The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)


It doesn't get much better than Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel trading bars with Scarface. This cut off the Dynasty album is oh so mean and vicious.

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek "Change the Game," The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)


Alongside Memphis Bleek, Beans and Jigga ride this bounce beat to near perfection. "It's only one Roc La Familia/Sigel lock Philly up, Brooklyn is me," Jay memorably bragged on the record.

Beanie Sigel feat. Jay-Z, Freeway & Young Gunz "Think It's a Game," The Reason (2001)


Sigel sets the tone on this gangsta groove and plays set-up man for Hov, Young Chris and Freeway. Still think it's a game?

Scarface feat. Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z "Guess Who's Back," The Fix (2001)


"This Can't Be Life" went over so well that Jay and Beans re-upped with Scarface a year later to give us another hit that stuck to our ribs. This one appeared on Scarface's The Fix album and it certainly was a fix to any hip-hop head listening. Talk to us, maan!

Freeway feat. Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z "What We Do," Philadelphia Freeway (2003)


Soulful and gritty as it gets, Mac and Philly brethren Freeway get busy alongside Hov.

Beanie Sigel feat. Jay-Z "It's On," The B. Coming (2005)


Jay saluted Beans with, "If my life a movie, then Sig gon' be the sequel." Years later, Sigel would mock Jay by saying, "If my life was a movie Sigel be the sequel/You ain't fit for war/Cause Sigel's in the field" on "What You Talkin' About (I Ain't Ya Average Cat)," his diss record to S. Carter.

Beanie Sigel feat. Jay-Z "Gutted," The Solution (2007)


Sigel and Jigga paint a grim picture of how it would be to be down and out and stripped bare, left with nothing. "Nigga ya gutted/ya paper on a budget/ya ain't got a pot to piss in/no bucket," Sig spits. What's realer than that?

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel "Ignorant Shit," American Gangster (2007)


This was the last joint Jay and Beans recorded - the cut appearing on Hov's American Gangster LP of 2007 - but hopefully not the last.