Jockin' Jay-Z (Dopeboy Fresh)

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"Jockin' Jay-Z (Dope Boy Fresh)"
Single by Jay-Z
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2008
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
Producer(s)Kanye West
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Swagga Like Us"
"Jockin' Jay-Z (Dope Boy Fresh)"
"Lost+ / Viva la Vida (Live At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards)"

"Jockin' Jay-Z" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z, produced by Kanye West. Originally intended for inclusion on his eleventh studio album The Blueprint 3, the song didn't make the final track listing and remained a digital-only single until it was included as a b-side on various releases of the "Empire State of Mind" single. It samples "Dumb Girl" by Run-D.M.C. and first leaked on the internet in July 2008 – but with low quality sound. The mastered version was released in August 2008.


Jay-Z debuted the song at a Kanye West show at Madison Square Garden in August 2008.[1] West told the audience that he wanted to play a beat he'd been working on, and once it started, Jay-Z came out and rapped over it. Once the abridged version of song concluded, Jay-Z and West simultaneously struck b-boy stances. The track contains a vocal sample of "Dumb Girl" by Run-DMC. West came up with the idea of revamping Run's line, "I seen you jockin' J.C."[2]

Oasis lyric war[edit]

The song's earliest form as previewed at Kanye West's Madison Square Garden show in August 2008 included the line "That bloke from Oasis said I couldn't play guitar, somebody should have told him I'm a fucking rock star" followed by the opening line to the Oasis song "Wonderwall".[3][4][5] This was a response to a comment made by Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher in April 2008 when he suggested that a hip-hop headline act was wrong for the Glastonbury Festival.[6][7] This set off a media-fueled storm of controversy. At Glastonbury Jay-Z performed an ironic version of Oasis's "Wonderwall". Jay-Z's reactions were reportedly described by an Oasis band member as like that of an eight-year-old girl.[8] When Oasis later split due to a personality clash between Noel and Liam Gallagher,[9] Jay-Z scored a point back by suggesting he would like to work with Liam.[9]


The song was later remixed by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who frequently remixes hip-hop songs by adding his drumming into the song.


Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 51[10]
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 18[11]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States September 16, 2008[12] Rhythmic contemporary radio Roc-A-Fella, The Island Def Jam Music Group


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  2. ^ "Kanye West Explains 'Jockin' Jay-Z' Sample, Drops Exclusive Freestyle, More In Mixtape Monday". MTV Networks. February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
  3. ^ Daniel Kreps (August 7, 2008). "Rolling Stone article". Rolling Stone article. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "PrefixMag". PrefixMag. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Who Sampled Who site". Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  6. ^ Paterson, Colin (April 14, 2008). "BBC report the Gallagher comments". BBC News. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "NME report". NME. UK. April 14, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Hot right now:    . "Gem Archer interview". Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Clash Music". Clash Music. October 6, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  10. ^ "Jockin' Jay-Z" (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart), Billboard, November 8, 2008.
  11. ^ "Jockin' Jay-Z" (Hot Rap Tracks chart), Billboard, October 11, 2008.
  12. ^ "CHR – Available for Airplay Archive". FMQB. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2013.