Jay-Z and his backup singer Jaguar Wright performing ‘Song Cry’ during Hov’s MTV Unplugged session in 2001. When Hov asked The Roots to perform with him he asked for a full band. Wright was a close friend of the group’s and they suggested she join them to sing backup. So Wright ended up providing live vocals for the hooks on tracks such as ‘Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)’ and ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’.
“That was one of the biggest surprises I ever had in my life! I went and started listening, beefing up on my Jay-Z material. We only had one real rehearsal with everybody there. I did what I do, and I wanted to make sure I was going to bring something to the show and not take away from the show. It was the first [hip-hop] ’Unplugged’ in so long, and it was Jay-Z, and it was my family. I wanted to do my family proud and I wanted to do Jay proud.”