Toppa Top 10: Jay-Z’s Most Jamaican Moments

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July 16, 2013


+2: Video for “Big Pimpin” feat. UGK (2000)
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Jay-Z’s Jamaican Trini moment: “Big Pimpin” video was shot at Trinidad Carnival

OK, this doesn’t exactly fit the Jamaica theme here, but we thought it was worth nothing that Jay’s “Big Pimpin” videoโ€” one of hip-hop’s most legendary “ball out” videosโ€”was shot in T&T, during Trinidad Carnival. Sure, the most memorable part of the videoโ€”that massive yacht stacked with hot gyalsโ€”could have been filmed anywhere in the islands, but watch the whole thing for some classic footage of Jay waving flags and performing on the road amongst the mas bands in Port of Spain.
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And, while we’re at it, did you know Jay-Z’s very first video, for the pre-Roc-A-Fella single “In My Lifetime,” was shot down in St. Thomas? Though he’s more of aย St. Bart’s guyย these days, Hov was quite the island hopper in his early days. While Jay is generally considered to have been an understudy and heir to Biggie, it’s interesting to see that he wasย balling on yachtsย beforeย Christopher Wallace did the same.