Hit Pick: Jay-Z “Run This Town”

Jay-Z + Rihanna + Kanye West = Top 40 hit guaranteed

Jay-Z + Rihanna + Kanye West = Top 40 hit guaranteed

Hit Prediction:
Top 3 – US Billboard Hot Rap
Top 10 – US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, Ireland
Top 20 – US Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Digital
Date: August 17, 2009
Current positions: #8 – US Billboard Hot Rap, #15 – Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, #16 – Ireland, #66 – Billboard Hot 100

Listen to “Run This Town” on last.fm radio

Rihanna does her magic on the hook and we have ourselves a hit for top 40 radio. While I’m counting on “Run This Town”  having greater success at urban radio, the crossover potential for the pop audience is evident in this song.

Kanye West gets back to what he does best (rapping…without AutoTune) and Kanye rivets your attention with lines like “She got an ass that’ll swallow up a G-string.”

I love Rihanna’s hook and Kanye’s verse, but Jay-Z was the highlight of this song for me. Jay was just too damn swaggerific on this one.

Lyrically Jay-Z always brings his A-game but for me the best part was hearing how comfortable and in control of his flow Jay was on this beat. He’s a thrill to listen to when he’s in the zone like that.

I think “Run This Town” is a strong choice for the first official single off The Blueprint 3 and I’m curious to hear what Jay-Z follows it up with. (editor’s note: “Death of AutoTune” is a promo single)

Reader Input:

Is “Run This Town” on par with past Jay-Z singles, better, or worse?

Who has the best part in the song– Jay-Z, Rihanna, or Kanye?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section. If you prefer private conversation you can email me at dbryjmusic AT gmail.com


Dexter Bryant Jr. (d.BRYJ)
DbryJ Music Media Group



  1. Pingback: Jay-Z “Run This Town” – Hit Pick Update « The Hit Music Academy
  2. Google caffeine · August 3, 2010

    Kanye is the coldest rapper from the Chi. Luoe right behind him. Big ups to the Chi!

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