Picks and Pans Review: Rap's Guest of Honor: Jay-Z

UPDATED 09/08/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/08/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

His new CD The Black Album doesn't come out until Nov. 28 (appropriately, Black Friday). Still, rhyme pays for Jay-Z: He's guest-appearing on five current discs. Here's a rundown:

Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé Jay-Z helps his gal pal out with her solo debut by performing on two cuts: "That's How You Like It" and the No. 1 summer smash, "Crazy in Love."

Bad Boys II, Original Soundtrack Jigga's contribution to this all-star album, "La-La-La," is a sequel to his 2003 hit "Excuse Me Miss."

The Neptunes Present...Clones, Various Artists On "Frontin'," Jay-Z backs up Neptunes producer Pharrell.

Beware, Panjabi MC Indian bhangra meets East Coast rap on the Jay-Z remix of "Beware of the Boys."

Love & Life, Mary J. Blige On the title-track intro, Jay-Z joins P. Diddy in saluting the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

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