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"Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..."
"Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..." Vinyl Case
Single by Jay-Z
from the album American Gangster
Released October 10, 2007
Format CD/Vinyl
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop, jazz rap
Length 4:12
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Writer(s) Shawn Carter
Producer(s) The Hitmen
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Blue Magic"
"Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..."
"I Know"

"Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..." is the second single from Jay-Z's tenth studio album, American Gangster.[1] The song is produced by Diddy and two of his producers known as LV and Sean C from his production team, The Hitmen.[2] It features additional vocals by Beyoncé, Kanye West and Cassie. The song samples "Make the Road by Walking" by The Menahan Street Band.[3] On December 11, 2007, Rolling Stone named it the best song of 2007.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Robinson and costume designed by June Ambrose.[5] The video was shot in New York City in Jay-Z's The 40/40 Club.[6]

The intro of the video contains the chorus from Hello Brooklyn 2.0. The video features cameo appearances by Nas, Rick Ross, Memphis Bleek, Diddy, Freeway, Terrence J, Tru Life, Young Gunz, Jadakiss, Yaya DaCosta, Swizz Beatz, Drew Sidora, Kristia Krueger, Chain 4, Chantel, Beanie Sigel, Cassie, DJ Clue, Larry Johnson, Tristan Wilds, Just Blaze, Zab Judah, The-Dream, Irv Gotti and Mariah Carey.[6] Kanye West is not featured in the video because of a scheduling conflict, at the time he was on tour in Dubai, as posted in his blog.

The young Jay-Z was portrayed by actor Samgoma Edwards. Director Chris Robinson personally sought out Edwards for the role after Edwards and his older brother Samtubia Edwards and friend Chris Alvarez shot their own video project titled "The Young Hov Project",[7] based on tracks from Jay-Z's The Black Album.[5]

Remixes and sampling[edit]

Beanie Sigel has also announced that he and Jadakiss have finished the official remix of the track, which features the both of them on vocals.[8] However, there is an alternate remix featuring Young Chris from the Young Gunz and Busta Rhymes.

Rapper Asher Roth samples Roc Boys extensively in his own version of the song called Roth Boys which was released on his debut mixtape The Greenhouse Effect

Numerous freestyles were conducted by several artists such as Wale (present in The Mixtape About Nothing), Asher Roth (present in "The Greenhouse Effect"), and Rick Ross.

This song was also sampled by The Game and Lil Wayne in the song "Red Magic" with the chorus by Lil Wayne, singing excerpts of "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)" chorus.

The song is referenced (if only in title) by fellow rapper and Jay-Z collaborator Saigon (rapper) on his debut album The Greatest Story Never Told.

The song is sampled heavily in Girl Talk's song "Set It Off".

The song was also sampled heavily in a remix produced by Norwegian DJ Matoma.

Chart position[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 63[9]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 15[10]
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 8[11]
UK Singles Charts 117

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Omar Burgess (October 1, 2007). HHDX News Bits: Young Buck, Jay-Z. HipHopDX. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  2. ^ The Producers Behind Jay-Z's American Gangster. XXL (October 25, 2007. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  3. ^ Sample & Example: Menahan Street Band & Jay-Z. Hip-Hop Is Read (October 24, 2007. Accessed October 24, 2007).
  4. ^ The 100 Best Songs of 2007 Rolling Stone (December 11, 2007). Accessed December 13, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Shaheem Reid and Jayson Rodriguez, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes and Liz Hernandez. Mixtape Monday: Jay-Z Borrows The-Dream's 'Hook'; Young Buck Says His Album 'Is Better Than Kanye's And 50's' MTV. Accessed November 25, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Shaheem Reid, with reporting by Liz Hernandez (November 8, 2007) Jay-Z Parties It Up With Mariah Carey, Nas, Diddy At 'Roc Boys' Video Shoot MTV. Accessed November 25, 2007.
  7. ^ TeamGuerrillaFilms YouTube. Accessed November 25, 2007.
  8. ^ Def Sounds Reporting on Roc Boys Remix. Roc Boys Remix To Feature Beanie Sigel & Jadakiss. Accessed December 14, 2007.
  9. ^ The Billboard Hot 100 – Roc Boys (And the Winner Is).... Billboard. Accessed November 23, 2007.
  10. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Roc Boys (And the Winner Is).... Billboard. Accessed November 23, 2007.
  11. ^ Hot Rap Tracks – Roc Boys (And the Winner Is).... Billboard. Accessed November 23, 2007.

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