Reasonable Doubt [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • Label: Emi America Records
  • UPC: 049925004021
  • Catalog Number: 50040
  • Sales rank: 22,126

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Knock The Hustle (5:17)
  2. 2 Politics As Usual (3:41)
  3. 3 Brooklyn's Finest (4:36)
  4. 4 Dead Presidents II (4:27)
  5. 5 Feelin' It - Mecca (3:48)
  6. 6 D'evils (3:31)
  7. 7 22 Two's (3:29)
  8. 8 Can I Live (4:10)
  9. 9 Ain't No ***** (4:03)
  10. 10 Friend Or Foe (1:49)
  11. 11 Coming of Age - Memphis Bleek (3:59)
  12. 12 Cashmere Thoughts (2:56)
  13. 13 Bring It On - Sauce Money (5:01)
  14. 14 Regrets (4:34)
  15. 15 Can I Live II - Memphis Bleek (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay-Z Primary Artist
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Big Jaz Track Performer
Sauce Money Track Performer
Memphis Bleek Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mary J. Blige Contributor
DJ Premier Composer, Producer
Clark Kent Producer
Marcus Miller Composer
Joe Quinde Engineer
Kenny Ortíz Engineer
Jay-Z Executive Producer
Eddie S. Engineer
Ski Producer
DJ Irv Producer
Cey Adams Artwork
Big Jaz Producer
Adrien Vargas Art Direction
Damon Dash Producer, Executive Producer
Peter Panic Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke Executive Producer
Dahoud Producer
Sean Cane Producer
C. Biggs Composer
D. Willis Composer
L. Bonner Composer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yeahhh son dis a classic

    dis is a classic Jay at his best and i still think comparing all his releases to this 1 this is the best and most street 4get all that commercial stuff...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is my favorite one

    Jay-z is and will always be the best.... his lyrics is very dope... the beats is always really good... his crew are also cool... bleek,bean,cam,Dam,free.... also fine artists....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Jay-Z CD

    This is the best CD Jay-Z ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    4.5 Stars really

    The first reviewer did draw a very good parallel between Nas debut Illmatic and Jigga's debut Reasonable Doubt. Both of the firsts for these rival artists are thier best title's and both show their extraordinary rhyming ability, and both albums are feelin it before the commercial success inflates their ego. This album is definately worth a purchase if the hip-hop market of today doesn't live up to your minimum expectations. Although I would still suggest Illmatic over Reasonable Doubt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this isnt a good cd

    i think that this cd is weak and jay-z cant wven rap good he is lame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beginning of never ending Talent

    Just like so many others, I feel this is Jay-Z's best album. If he was to ever out do this one,with No Reasonable Doubt, They would have to give Jay his props with no hesitation. He is the King of rap his throne can never be Overthrown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Knock it 'till you Try It!!

    This album is a blend of hip-hop and soul, and you know what...IT WORKS!!! Resonable Doubt is timeless and should definitely be considered a hip-hop classic. I bought this album in 1996 and I'm still bumpin it like it just came out. If you don't have the CD, your hip-hop collection isn't complete until you get it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Without a Reasonable Doubt This Album is Hot

    This album is off the hook. When Jay made this album he was by far ahead of his time. Jigga and Bigga are at their best in Brooklyns finest. This album helps to clasify him as one of the best MCs of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLassic

    One of the best hip hop cd's of all time if not the best. Jay-z shines through with brilliance the lyrcism on this albulm is amazing.Jay-z flow is smooth, his wordplay is off the hook. also excellent story telling as well as description. If Jay-z could make all his cd's like this there would be no question about him being the greatest of all time. notable tracks(almost every single track on this cd is a gem but my favs are as followed) D'evils dead presidents can i live 22 two's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    untouchable jay-z in is prime more to come but not thesame like reasonable doubt

    unforgetable album will always be rember

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    can't knock the hustle

    This is the ish! I think that this album is a classic. Jay showed that he not only had skills but he had the resources also. I suggest that if you don't have this album, you should go out and cop it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HIS BEST ALBUM WITHOUT QUESTION

    Over the course of his career, Jay-Z has tried to duplicate what he did on Reasonable Doubt: but it just cannot be done. Just like Nas can't make another Illmatic, or Snoop can't make anothe Doggystyle. To me, that's what makes Reasonable Doubt so good, because Jay-Z was so hungry to be heard, and you can hear it in his voice and lyics on songs like ''Brooklyn's Finest'', ''D'evils'', ''22 Two's'' and ''Feelin' It''. It's clear, with all of the Hard Knock Life's and Roc La Familia's he releases, nothing can live up to Reasonable Doubt. So just buy the album and savor it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't no body do it better then Jay-z

    Ten years from now Jay-z will be know as one of the best rappers ever. The way he ryhmes it's just crazy,no one can do it like him. He make sense in every line he spits, when I hear this man I get chills all over.Jay-z got every thing going for him he could flow he got the brains and the looks. I just love him period ''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jay-Z at his best!!!

    There is nothing like buying a cd that you can listen to without skipping through the garbage; this is one of those cd's. In this cd Jay shows us why he is still loved by so many hip hop fans. The lyric's are sick, and the beats are off the hook. I suggest any one who truly loves hip hop unconditionally to listen to this cd. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jay-z,human or mortal

    jay-z, now a very well known rapper, wasn't always. But with flows and a style like his, he was bound to make it large. He is a very talented and profound artist. Jay-z is the man!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best and Finest Rapper of all Times

    This is the 1 of the hottest albums released by Jay-Z. The lyrics are off the hook as well as Jay-Z's style!!!

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