Jay-Z worked with video director Hype Williams, and the single's video was directed by F. The album features production from Just Blaze, Pharrell, Kanye West, Dr.
Dre and Coldplay's Chris Martin (single entitled "Beach Chair").
In 2009, he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent.
Many artists made appearances such as the old roster of Roc-A-Fella records artists, as well as Ne-Yo, Teairra Marí, T.
I., Young Jeezy, Akon, Kanye West, Paul Wall, The LOX, and Diddy.
abandoned the family, Shawn and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter.
Reeves would later meet and reconcile with Jay-Z before dying in 2003.
He then attended the nearby George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with future rappers The Notorious B. According to his mother, Carter used to wake up his siblings at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table.