This is such a great read. Combat Jack goes pretty in depth on how some of the biggest rap songs came about.
On Jay-Z's "In My Lifetime":
"Along with Dame and Clark, we must have shopped Jay to every label under the sun. I remember specifically sitting in Def Jam begging Lyor Cohen for a shot. He passed. I also remember how some exec at Polygram asked us why they should sign a Jay-Z when they had the platinum-selling groupBlack Sheep on their roster."