Earlier this year, we dedicated a TBT article to exploring Jay Z's rise to prominence in the '90s. With his next album out tomorrow, it's time to revisit Jay Z in the '00s, a decade in which he no longer felt the need to stab anybody, briefly retired at the age of 33, and began his transformation to rap star to business mogul.

This list includes three songs apiece from The Blueprint and The Black Album and one song apiece from The Blueprint 2, Kingdom Come, American Gangster, and The Blueprint 3. Click through the gallery to read on.