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Reasonable Doubt
     

Reasonable Doubt

by Jay-Z
 

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Reasonable Doubt stands out among Jay-Z's many albums and not entirely because it's his debut album. Unlike most of his subsequent albums, it's seamless. Every song belongs here, from timeless hits like "Can't Knock the Hustle" to personal moments like "Regrets." Each song is like a separate chapter, revealing another aspect of Jay-Z's story,

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Reasonable Doubt stands out among Jay-Z's many albums and not entirely because it's his debut album. Unlike most of his subsequent albums, it's seamless. Every song belongs here, from timeless hits like "Can't Knock the Hustle" to personal moments like "Regrets." Each song is like a separate chapter, revealing another aspect of Jay-Z's story, which, in 1996, was still untold. Nobody knew who he was when Reasonable Doubt dropped, keep in mind. Jay-Z seemingly came from nowhere. All listeners knew was what's on this autobiographical debut -- tales of "extensive hoes with expensive clothes," warnings of "all d'evils that the game'll do," goals of "trying to live it to the limit and love it a lot," and, above all, one reoccuring maxim: "in order to survive, [you] gotta learn to live with regrets." Beyond Jay-Z's rhetorical wealth of insight and wisdom, Reasonable Doubt also boasts an amazing roster of producers. Granted, most Jay-Z albums do, but this lineup -- Ski, Clark Kent, and DJ Premier -- is different. They represent the pre-gangsta era, a foregone era when samples fueled the beats and turntablism supplied the hooks. This classic production style, which is essentially refined hip-hop in its canonical sense, sets Reasonable Doubt apart from Jay-Z's later work. The lyrics do the same because they're so candidly confessional, but it's the producers more so than Jay-Z himself that make this album so untouchable. Similar to how every Nas album is continually measured against Illmatic and, in turn, often criticized for being different, every successive Jay-Z album was, likewise, held up to Reasonable Doubt. Few compared. And not necessarily because they're inferior, but rather because Reasonable Doubt is such an anomaly. For most listeners who heard this album in 1996, and perhaps for many who subsequently discovered it after being drawn in by more popular albums like Hard Knock Life, Reasonable Doubt will forever be Jay-Z's one definitive effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
Label:
Emi America Records
UPC:
0049925004120
catalogNumber:
50041

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Notorious B.I.G.   Track Performer
Big Jaz   Track Performer
Sauce Money   Track Performer
Memphis Bleek   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cynthia Biggs   Composer
DJ Premier   Composer,Producer
Hal Davis   Composer
Clark Kent   Producer
Marcus Miller   Composer
Joe Quinde   Engineer
Rev. Dan Willis   Composer
Kenny Ortíz   Engineer
Jay-Z   Executive Producer
Pete Rock   Composer
Eddie S.   Engineer
Ski   Producer
DJ Irv   Producer
Cey Adams   Artwork
Big Jaz   Producer
Adrien Vargas   Art Direction
Damon Dash   Producer,Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Peter Panic   Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
Dahoud   Producer
Sean Cane   Producer
C. Biggs   Composer
I. Lorenzo   Composer
F. Di Pasquale   Composer
D. Willis   Composer
Leroy Bonner   Composer

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