Jay-Z on the set of his 1999 single Anything music video.
Hov has said in many interviews that he had hoped the song would be a success like Hard Knock Life due to their musical similarities, but was surprised when it wasn’t, even saying “I dropped the record [expecting a lot] and then nothing”.

Jay-Z on the set of his 1999 single Anything music video.

Hov has said in many interviews that he had hoped the song would be a success like Hard Knock Life due to their musical similarities, but was surprised when it wasn’t, even saying “I dropped the record [expecting a lot] and then nothing”.