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The Bounce (song)

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"The Bounce"
Song by Jay-Z featuring Kanye West
from the album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
ReleasedNovember 12, 2002
GenreHip Hop
Length4:18
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Timbaland

"The Bounce" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z that features fellow rap artist Kanye West, from his seventh studio album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002).

Background[edit | edit source]

West's verse on the track marked his very first appearance as a rapper on any Roc-A-Fella release, which was on the sequel to The Blueprint (2001), an album he helped craft.[1][2] However, it was far from the last, since Jay and Kanye eventually released the collaboration album Watch the Throne (2011) under the label.

Composition[edit | edit source]

Vocals from Audio Two's 1987 single "Top Billin'" are sampled throughout the song.[3] As well as this, it samples vocals from Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun's 1993 song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai" throughout.[3]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Pitchfork described "The Bounce" as Jay showing: 'extreme assonance'.[4]

Commercial performance[edit | edit source]

In 2003, the track peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and remained on it for a total of 7 weeks.[5]

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[6] 12

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Complete History of Kanye West Guest Verses". Complex. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  2. "Digging deep: Kanye's sharp edge". Dummy Mag. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse (CD liner). Jay-Z. Roc-A-Fella Records. 2002. p. 1.
  4. "JAY-Z: The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse / Blueprint 2.1 Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  5. "Jay-Z The Bounce Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  6. "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2018.

External links[edit | edit source]


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