Beware of the Boys (Jay-Z Remix)

Lead Performers: Jay-Z, Panjabi MC; Producer (group): Sequence

Indian hip-hop may seem a contradiction in terms to most Westerners, but Jay-Z obviously liked this international novelty club hit – which marries a catchy, Ravi Shankar-esque instrumental motif to the Knight Rider theme – enough to put his vocal stamp on it. It’s unclear whether Panjabi MC endorses Jay-Z’s political stance (”We rebellious/We back home/Screaming ‘Leave Iraq alone!”’), but on purely musical terms, this track is a whiff of napalm in the morning: It smells like victory, baby.

Originally posted April 18 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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