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Reasonable Doubt [Germany]
     

Reasonable Doubt [Germany]

by Jay-Z
 

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Before Jay-Z fashioned himself into hip-hop's most notorious capitalist, he was a street hustler from the projects who rapped about what he knew, and he was very, very good at it. Skeptics who've never cared for Jigga's crossover efforts should turn to his debut, Reasonable Doubt, as the deserving source of his legend. Reasonable Doubt is often

Overview

Before Jay-Z fashioned himself into hip-hop's most notorious capitalist, he was a street hustler from the projects who rapped about what he knew, and he was very, very good at it. Skeptics who've never cared for Jigga's crossover efforts should turn to his debut, Reasonable Doubt, as the deserving source of his legend. Reasonable Doubt is often compared to another New York landmark, Nas' Illmatic: A hungry young MC with a substantial underground buzz drops an instant classic of a debut, detailing his experiences on the streets with disarming honesty, and writing some of the most acrobatic rhymes heard in quite some time. (Plus, neither artist has since approached the street cred of his debut, The Blueprint notwithstanding.) Parts of the persona that Jay-Z would ride to superstardom are already in place: He's cocky bordering on arrogant, but playful and witty, and exudes an effortless, unaffected cool throughout. And even if he's rapping about rising to the top instead of being there, his material obsessions are already apparent. Jay-Z the hustler isn't too different from Jay-Z the rapper: Hustling is about living the high life and getting everything you can, not violence or tortured glamour or cheap thrills. In that sense, the album's defining cut might not be one of the better-known singles -- "Can't Knock the Hustle," "Dead Presidents II," "Feelin' It," or the Foxy Brown duet, "Ain't No Nigga." It just might be the brief "22 Two's," which not only demonstrates Jay-Z's extraordinary talent as a pure freestyle rapper, but also preaches a subtle message through its club hostess: Bad behavior gets in the way of making money. Perhaps that's why Jay-Z waxes reflective, not enthusiastic, about the darker side of the streets; songs like "D'Evils" and "Regrets" are some of the most personal and philosophical he's ever recorded. It's that depth that helps Reasonable Doubt rank as one of the finest albums of New York's hip-hop renaissance of the '90s. [This German edition features alternate lyrics and mixes.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Bmg Europe
UPC:
0743214472026
catalogNumber:
2144720
Rank:
23418

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Melissa Morgan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodney Franklin   Composer
J.T. Burks   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Clark Kent   Producer
James Mtume   Composer
A. Noland   Composer
Joe Quinde   Engineer
Jay-Z   Executive Producer
Irv Gotti   Producer
DJ Irv   Producer
Adrien Vargas   Art Direction,Digital Design
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
A. Moon   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Peter Panic   Producer
Dahoud   Producer
Sean Cane   Producer
P. "Peter Rock" Phillips   Composer
Alejandro Moya   Art Direction

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