Ain't No Nigga
|"Ain't No Nigga"|
|Single by Jay-Z featuring Foxy Brown|
|from the album Reasonable Doubt and The Nutty Professor|
|Released||March 26, 1996|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop|
|Jay-Z singles chronology|
|Foxy Brown singles chronology|
The song's beat is produced by Big Jaz who samples "Seven Minutes of Funk" by the funk band The Whole Darn Family. The song's chorus interpolates "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" by The Four Tops. The "Ain't No Nigga" single goes under the clean alias "Ain't No Playa". The music video of the song, which was shot in Miami, starts with a scene similar to a scene of the film Scarface. It is the second time the album references the film, the first with the start of "Can't Knock the Hustle". The video also features a cameo appearance from close friend and fellow Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
"Ain't No Nigga" is cited as playing a significant role in securing Jay-Z's record deal with Def Jam. According to Sony BMG A&R Nick Raphael, "Will Socolof of Freeze Records sent me a CD and a video and said to me, "This guy is incredible, but he needs a bigger label to take over. Are you interested?" The record he sent to me was "Ain't No Nigga" and I went crazy, thinking that I had to sign him!"
Formats and track listings
- "Ain't No Playa (Rae & Christian Mix)"
- "Ain't No Playa (Original Mix)"
- "Ain't No Playa (Fresh to Def Mix)"
- "Ain't No Playa (New York Street Mix)"
- "Ain't No Nigga (Ganja Kru Mix)"
- "Can't Knock the Hustle (Desired State Remix)"