Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

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"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (Jay-Z single - cover art).jpg
Single by Jay-Z
from the album The Blueprint
ReleasedAugust 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
RecordedMay 2001
GenreEast Coast hip hop
Producer(s)Kanye West
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
"Girls, Girls, Girls"

"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" (often referred to as "H to the Izzo") is the first single released by Jay-Z from his sixth album The Blueprint. It is among his most popular singles. This was the second song released off The Blueprint, after the diss track "Takeover", but the lead single from it. The song reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It was Jay-Z's first top 10 single as a lead artist.[1]

The song, produced by Kanye West, prominently features a sample of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5, the second major hit in 2001 to sample that song (after "My Baby" by Lil' Romeo).

Jay-Z premiered the song live, at the inaugural BET Awards on June 19, 2001.

The song was later mashed up with Linkin Park's "In the End" for their collaborative EP, Collision Course.

Music video[edit]

The music video takes place in New York City with Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Biggs and other affiliates on a Roc-A-Fella parade float which features cameo appearances from Kanye West, Destiny's Child, Trina, Eve, Nelly and Outkast.


Chart (2001) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 23
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 69
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[4] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 4
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[8] 7