July 25, 1995: Jay-Z Swagger-Jacks Arrested Development
With last week’s release of his long-anticipated Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z set the rock world ablaze via lyrical tributes to R.E.M. and Nirvana. While it was fun watching Twitter freak out and imagine what exactly his Toad the Wet Sprocket banger would sound like (“Walk on the Ocean” feat. Frank Ocean?), it was only the latest in a long, long line of alternative outreach attempts by rap’s cosmopolitan bridge-builder. Here are 25 examples of how the Dirt that Hov brushed off his shoulder just might have been from Alice in Chains.