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"Show Me What You Got" is a single by rap artist Jay-Z from his album Kingdom Come.

Song information

It is the first single from his "comeback" album Kingdom Come. It was produced by Just Blaze.

The song samples "Show 'Em Whatcha Got" by Public Enemy. The saxophone loop heard prominently throughout the track is sampled from "Darkest Light" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band and from Johnny Pate's "Shaft In Africa". The voice sample yelling "Show 'em whatcha got" is Flava Flav's from the aforementioned Public Enemy track.In addition to the samples, live instrumentation was performed on the track by a collective of artists known as 1500 or Nothin'.

It was leaked onto the Internet October 6, 2006, and as a result released officially by Roc-A-Fella Records. The single was released in the U.Kmarker on December 4, 2006.The single debuted at number 20 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart which is one of 2006's biggest debuts on that chart . The Billboard Hot 100 chart took the song in at number 90 in its first week, and the song has since peaked at #8.

Music video

The music video (directed by F. Gary Gray), debuted on MTV and BET on October 16, 2006. It is a homage to several famous scenes from James Bond films of the past including:



The music video features Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. racing a Pagani Zonda Roadster and a Ferrari F430 Spider, respectively, around Monaco, with some of the turns being the same ones used for the Monaco Grand Prix. The video was featured during the Lexus Halftime Show during Monday Night Football on ESPN.

A second version similar to the official video was made as a Budweiser commercial.

The video's theme of Jay-Z being "James Bond" was later used in an advertisement by Budweiser. In it, Jay-Z competes in a holographic football video game against Hall of Famemarker coach Don Shula. This commercial is an homage to Never Say Never Again (an unauthorised James Bond film), where Bond went head-to-head against Maximillian Largo in a video game at the Casino Royale. The ad debuted during Super Bowl XLI

Remixes

Although no official remix has been made, several "Show Me What You Got" versions have been released by many artists.
  • Lil Wayne has released a version of the track, which can easily be mistaken as a diss track against Jay-Z himself.
  • Brooklynmarker rapper AZ has released a version of the track.
  • A remix featuring a new beat and vocals was made by CHOPS and has received radio airplay.
  • Clinton Sparks ( Diddy's official DJ ), has also released a remix with a verse from Diddy. The remix can be downloaded from Clinton Spark's official website.
  • "We Gon' Make It", song 2 (produced by K-Def) from the "Press Play" also uses the main sample in very much the same way over the chorus, and could therefore be mistaken as a version or remix of the Just Blaze produced track.
  • The Game has a remix of this song, in which he disses Lloyd Banks.
  • Chamillionaire has released a remix of this song on his mixtape Mixtape Messiah 2.
  • Young Dayton rapper "Jola" released his own remix, entitled "All U Got."
  • Southern Miami rapper Trina has her own version which can be heard on her Rockstarr Mixtape
  • R&B singer Amerie has also contributed her own version which can be heard on her Because I Love It Vol. 1 Mixtape.
  • Erlangen's Eins A released a Version of the track called "Meister aller Klassen" on their Mixtape "Wenn der Kuchen spricht, haben die Kruemel Pause".
  • Sniper released his own version of the track on his mixtape "The Scope's On You Vol. 1" hosted by DJ Green Lantern.
  • Trey Songz has also released a version of the track but has not been noted on Wikipedia's Trey Songz discography
  • Chicago indie rapper "R.O.E." gained national notoriety for his remix featured on his mixtape "PostPartum Stardom"


Track listing

UK - CD

  1. "Show Me What You Got"
  2. "Can't Knock The Hustle" (featuring Beyoncé)


UK - Vinyl

  1. "Show Me What You Got" (edited)
  2. "Show Me What You Got" (explicit)
  3. "Show Me What You Got" (instrumental)


Charts

Chart (2006) Peak

Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 13
UK Singles Chart 38
Canadian Singles Chart 31
Finnish Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 35
New Zealand Singles Chart 38


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