When Jay-Z released The Blueprint on September 11, 2001, he was embroiled bitter battle with NaS, who in the street single “Stillmatic” goaded the Brooklyn rapper about stealing verses from the late Notorious B.I.G.
Throughout the most successful parts of Jay’s career, critics and detractors (mainly other rappers) have questioned his originality, but with the release of his latest The Blueprint 3 video “Run This Town” feat. Kanye West and Rihanna, the comparisons to other videos, both in and out of the hip-hop realm, are pouring in.
Take a look at the video above and check out the possible other videos that may or may not have influenced the rapper, below.
“Mad Max: Road Warrior” (The obvious influence)
Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade” (No one does did militance better than Rage)
2pac “California Love” (The influence of influence)
Nas “Thief’s Theme”
The Warriors (Non-existent gangs fighting a non-existent battle)
“Gay Fish” (If you notice in “Run This Town” Kanye’s rapping real hard. Clearly, he’s got something to prove.)