THE BEST JUSTIN & JAY-Z JAMS
Hear how they became "Legends of the Summer" for their stadium trek running your town starting July 17.
1. "BIG PIMPIN'" (1999)
This proved Jay-Z was "a pimp in every sense of the word." The ultimate bounce track, its tropical flavor will give you summer swagger.
2. "LIKE I LOVE YOU" (2002)
Justin's debut solo single transformed him from curly-Afroed 'N Syncer to funky badass starting with that mean guitar riff.
3. "I JUST WANNA LOVE U (GIVE IT 2 ME)" (2000)
My all-time favorite Jay jam, with Pharrell crooning the chorus, this rocks any party.
4. "ROCK YOUR BODY" (2002)
Pharrell's Neptunes produced this bumping groove, originally intended for Michael Jackson, not JT.
5. "AIN'T NO N---A" (1996)
Jigga may be a more refined mogul now, but this raw street banger from his Reasonable Doubt debut reveals his true grit.
6. "SEXYBACK" (2006)
Timberlake and producer Timbaland were ahead of their time on this FutureSex/LoveSounds smash.
7. "99 PROBLEMS" (2003)
Hova has always been a rock star, but this is a real hip-hop headbanger.
8. "SUMMER LOVE" (2006)
Tailor-made for the season, it mixes trippy beats with Justin's smooth vocals.
9. "EMPIRE STATE OF MIND" (2009)
"I'm the new Sinatra," boasts Jay, backing up that claim on this anthem.
10. "SUIT & TIE" (2013)
Justin's comeback single probably didn't need Jay-Z, but they make a dapper duo.
THE BEST KIDS' ALBUMS NOW!
JOANIE LEEDS AND THE NIGHTLIGHTS
Bandwagon Don't attempt a family road trip without this minivan-friendly winner, which kicks off with the boppy "Are We There Yet?" Singable lyrics strike the right balance of silly and sweet, and "Use Your Words" is an empowerment anthem for the toddler set.
More zingy original tunes from the stellar kindie artist.
Deep Sea Diver
The perfect soundtrack for a beach weekend.
A family effort featuring musician Steve Pierson, wife Melinda McGraw and daughter Lucy, this charmer puts a rootsy spin on feel-great ditties like "Be Yourself" and "Groovy Day."
ALASTAIR MOOCK & FRIENDS
Singing Our Way Through
Catchy songs like the hand-clapping "B-R-A-V-E" make up this inspiring but never maudlin collection dedicated to kids battling cancer.
I Like Everything ...
A percussive finger-snapper boasting rich African beats.
KEY WILDE & MR. CLARKE
Pleased to Meet You
New rock-pop ode to summer slackers: the wry "Lazy Raisins."
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Magna Carta Holy Grail, the rapper's latest, was not previewed for critics before its release this week, but it will be reviewed next issue.