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Dynasty: Roc la Famila 2000
     

The Dynasty: Roc la Famila 2000

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by Jay-Z
 

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On the heels of his lucrative Hard Knock Life tour with DMX, that tour's accompanying Backstage documentary film and soundtrack, and his multi-platinum Volume 3...The Life and Times of Sean Carter, Jay-Z

Overview

On the heels of his lucrative Hard Knock Life tour with DMX, that tour's accompanying Backstage documentary film and soundtrack, and his multi-platinum Volume 3...The Life and Times of Sean Carter, Jay-Z continues his winning streak with The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000, an all-star collaboration that will keep the urban landscape bouncing to his club and radio-friendly beats. As always, Jay-Z, who is arguably New York's most loved MC, delivers a versatile mix of danceable tracks, such as the humorous lead single "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and the catchy, Rocwilder-produced "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," which features R. Kelly. Jay spikes the entertaining mix with several rugged posse cuts, such as the angst-ridden "You, Me, Him and Her," which features Roc-a-Fella fam members Beanie Sigel, Amil, and Memphis Bleek. Other guest shots include Scarface on the xylophone-accented "This Can't Be Life" and Snoop on the gangster-tough "Get Your Mind Right Mami." Jay-Z also has his more reflective moments: The nostalgic "Soon You'll Understand" is a melodic musing on forbidden love, and "Where Have You Been," on which Beanie chimes in again, is a moving narrative about fatherless children. Mr. Carter never keeps his fans waiting long for new material, and The Dynasty puts his prolific tendencies to good use. Abby Addis

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
At the time of The Dynasty Roc la Familia's release, Jay-Z had already established himself as a towering figure in the rap world. His previous two albums -- Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life and Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter -- spawned numerous gigantic hits and were filled the brim with the biggest hitmakers in rap: producers like Timbaland and Swizz Beatz; rappers like Juvenile and DMX. So rather than try to one-up these albums with yet more super-producers and big-name rappers, Jay-Z took a different approach on The Dynasty. He brought in a stable of up-and-coming producers (the Neptunes, Just Blaze, Kanye West) and handed the mic to his in-house roster of Roc-a-Fella rappers (Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Freeway) with the intention of bolstering his rap "dynasty" (i.e., Roc-a-Fella). The approach works well. The Dynasty Roc la Familia still sounds like a Jay-Z album, but it's different enough from his past work to make it exciting and unique. In particular, the productions set Jigga apart from his peers in 2000, especially "I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)" by the Neptunes, a fun, playful song a world apart from the rugged Ruff Ryder beats Swizz Beatz had been offering Jay-Z a year earlier. In terms of rapping, the omnipresence of Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek spices up "Parking Lot Pimpin'," another album highlight, but is a drag on other songs, where Jay-Z seems like a guest on his own album. Guest appearances by Snoop Dogg and Scarface are much more welcome, two of only three non-Roc-a-Fella guest features here. The Dynasty plays overall like a Roc-a-Fella mixtape rather than a Jay-Z album, which means you'll have to endure a lot of promotional posse tracks, particularly toward the end of the album. Still, the few standout tracks here are career highlights for Jay-Z and well worth wading through the occasional filler to find.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
Label:
Roc-A-Fella
UPC:
0731454820325
catalogNumber:
548203
Rank:
27920

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist,Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Track Performer
Static   Vocals
DJ Clue?   Vocals
Rell   Vocals
Beanie Sigel   Track Performer
J. Smith   scratching
L. Dionne   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chauncey Mahan   Programming,Engineer
Rick Rock   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Producer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Executive Producer
Kanye West   Producer
Chad Hugo   Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
B-High   Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua   Executive Producer
T.T.   Producer
Dawud West   Art Direction

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The Dynasty Roc la Familia 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jay Z got at least 12 good tracks on this album. I didn't think he still had another great album in him. Those who don't got, GET Now!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jay-Z has done it again The Dynasty is his best yet and he has once again rpoved that Roc-A-fella is holding it down once again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
but its no where near the infamous mobb deep.thats his compotition rightnow and he's not elevatin himself as an artist.this cat talkin like he infamous, best start respectin the true infamous cats,Mobb Deep,other than that this is tight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN ARTIST WITH SUCH STREET INTELLECT AS JAY Z. HE IS A 1 IN A MILLION.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Consistency. Not too many hip hop artists can claim this as part of their arsenal. It is however the only to describe Jay-Z. This album is not quite the classic like the previous 2(it just came out though so that's bound to change). Yet Jigga continues to blur the lines between commercial(radio friendly beats) and street while recieving unlimited support from both sides with one key: Consistency. Others maybe doing it but Jigga has been doing it well for a while now. He also continues to ride with his fellow Rocafella fam never straying away just continuing to grow as a whole. Beans really shines on this as well. Songs like ''Streets is Talking'', and ''I Just Wanna Love U'' are typical Jay-Z. But he reaches a personal milestone with ''Soon You'll Understand'' and ''Where Have You Been'' where he speaks about growing up without a father. If anything else Jay-Z has proven not only is he one of hip hop's top lyricists but that there is more to him than just the jewels, the money and the fame. Listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i wouldve gaven this cut 4 and a half but not 5 though,its a good cut,i reccomend for anyone who likes dance rap,i am more for poetry like tupac,big,nas,or dmx #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,14,15,16
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the dynasty is a great cd especially the song change the game that song is off the hinges Before him there has been many after him will be none he is #1 what else can I say Jay-Z but he is the greatest!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
JAY~Z IS BACK AND IS TIGHTER THAN EVER HE GAVE IT TO US ONE MORE TIME WIT HIS TIGHT AZZ SONG ''GIVE IT TO ME'' WE ALL KNOW DATS TIGHT HE GON' STAY REAL TO DA GAME JUST LIKE HE CAME RIGHT RIGHT
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bangin'!!!! Hurry up and buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great album would've given it four 1/2 but if iv'e got to pick between four and five i must go with five. Every song on this album serves a purpose. 1-900 hustler goes hard and the intro,give it to me,this can't be life,you me him and her,the R.O.C.,soon you'll understand,SQUEEZ 1st,where have you been. yeah basically the whole cd goes fed
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS JAY-Z'S BEST CD ,IT HAS SO MANY CUTS THAT I CAN PLAY IT RIGHT THROUGH AND IT IS MY TYPE OF DRIVING MUSIC AND HOME CHILLIN' CD. USUALLY YOU BUY A CD IT ONLY HAS A COUPLE OF CUT'S BUT THIS IS ONE I WILL TELL ANYBODY THAT IT IS NICE.