97 Words: “Can I Get A…” by JAY-Z, Amil & Ja Rule

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

After decades in the public consciousness, some songs you just know somehow, perhaps due to sheer ubiquity, or sampling. JAY-Z’s “Can I Get A…” featuring Amil and Ja Rule is one of those tracks. J. Cole fans will recognize, “Can I hit it in the morning?” … Janet Jackson fans will recognize its “bounce.” However, in the summer of 1998, “Can I Get A…” was a big hit in its own right, helping inch JAY-Z closer to crossing over and establishing new acts Amil and Ja Rule. The infectious, Irv Gotti-produced bop lights up any club — then, and now.

Watch the “Can I Get A…” video, stream it, or purchase the album on vinyl.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.