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Reasonable Doubt [Explicit Lyrics]

Jay Z Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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5. Feelin' It
6. D'Evils
7. 22 Two's
8. Can I Live
9. Ain't No *****
10. Friend Or Foe
11. Coming Of Age
12. Cashmere Thoughts
13. Bring It On
14. Regrets
15. Can I Live II

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Jay-Z's classic debut is a compelling reflection on his life as a hustler. It's invested with an uncommon complexity and candor that has noticeably faded in his later material. Armed with clever phrasing and sly deadpan wit, Jay-Z navigates indulgent romps ("Can't Knock the Hustle"), thought-provoking introspection ("Regrets"), and devastating street-corner soliloquies ("Friend or Foe") with savvy composure. The beats on Reasonable Doubt, provided by the likes of DJ Premier & Ski, are as irresistibly slick as his persona. "Brooklyn's Finest," his mic-passing session with his friend Notorious B.I.G., takes on a torch-passing significance in the wake of Biggie's death. That song, and the entire album, foreshadows Jay-Z's subsequent ascension to kingpin status. --Del. F. Cowie

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Jay-Z, Reazonable Doubt, back by popular demand, classic debut album from arguably The Greatest MC Of All Time. This title has previously scanned 1.4 million units. Jay-Z's classic debut is a compelling reflection on his life as a hustler. It's invested with an uncommon complexity and candor that has noticeably faded in his later material. Armed with clever phrasing and sly deadpan wit, Jay-Z navigates indulgent romp "Can't Knock the Hustle", thought-provoking introspection Regrets, and devastating street-corner soliloquies "Friend or Foe" with savvy composure. The beats on Reasonable Doubt, provided by the likes of DJ Premier & Ski, are as irresistibly slick as his persona. "Brooklyn's Finest," his mic-passing session with his friend Notorious B.I.G., takes on a torch-passing significance in the wake of Biggie's death. That song, and the entire album, foreshadows Jay-Z's subsequent ascension to kingpin status.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A well constructed masterpiece May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Reasonable Doubt quite simply put, is one of hip-hop's finest masterpieces by one of its greatest artists. This album dropped back in the mid 90s when artists actually HAD to have talent in order to get respect. If you're a new fan (one that caught on after Hard Knock Life), then you should go back and hear his early material starting with this. 1996 was hip-hop's last truly incredible year. This album and Outkast's ATLiens were the premiere albums of that year. There's so much to say about this LP but amazon only allows 1,000 words so I'll try to keep it short.
The album is centered around the theme of hustling and the life of a hustler. Jay-Z had been living that life since 1988 and many refer to Reasonable Doubt as the Hustler's Bible, so to speak. It starts off with "Can't Knock the Hustle" with Mary J. Blige. The beat is perfect for the lyrics and Jay drops bombs. "Brooklyn's Finest" with BIG is one of hip-hop's greatest collaborations. Jay and BIG go back and forth and just tear the track to shreds. They come hard with metaphors, punchlines, and their sick flows. The beat is produced by Clark Kent. Now, my favorite track "Dead Presidents II" is just unbelievable. The production on this track by Ski is some of the best you'll ever hear. It samples Lonnie Liston Smith's "Dreams of Tomorrow" and compliments Jay's style perfectly. I would say this song is one of hip-hop's best (almost on the level of TROY). As for the lyrics go, it's basically about getting your money and going against all odds in order to acquire it. Another highlight for the LP is the Premo produced "D'Evils". Lyrically, this track is one of Jay's best ever. At the end of Jay's verse he says: "And even if Jehova Witness bet he'll never testify", need I say more?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Jay-Z Album June 29 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This album right here will change your life someway whether its the kind of music you listen to, how you look at life, making certain decisions, etc. Jay-Z released Reasonable Doubt and it was instantly looked at as a classic but not many people knew who he was which shocks many after how huge he is now. Lyrically he is at his best and his flow together show just how this is one of the greatest albums ever and how he is one of the greatest rappers ever. The production is also really good and often is some of the reason why this album is so good like just how well the beats were put together and with jay-z on them it was perfect making this a classic. The best songs are 22Two's, Bring it on, Brooklyn's Finest, Can't Knock The Hustle, Regrets, Coming Of Age, and the absolute best song on the album and that's Dead Presidents II. If you thought Blueprint was the best Jay-Z album you should really reconsider not that Blueprint wasn't good its just that Blueprint's nothing compared to this. Overall one of the best east coast albums, one of the best 1996 albums, and one of the greatest albums ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master's Best... June 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love East Coast rap. That means I love Nas, 50 Cent, and Run DMC. But no matter how many other terrific East Coast artists there are, one will always be at the top of the ladder-Jay-Z. Jay is the definition of NYC rap, and he is the definition of the whole rap scene. Jay is an exceptional freestyler and producer. He isn't that original in his music. It's just that his music is the best.
Jay knows how to employ producers to help him with the albums he makes. He has done it for years. He employs Kanye West, the Neptunes, and Sha Money XL. But the producings on Reasonable Doubt are indeed his best. Jay was not famous back then, but has created an album so vivid it made him seem like rap's Michael Jackson, which is who he is today.
Jay's albums have usually featured slews of guest artists, but this is his most perosnable album next to The Blueprint. The only guest artists featured here are Notorious BIG and Foxy Brown, and they are both featured on some of the album's best tracks.
Jay can never make a better album than Reasonable Doubt, whether he really is retired or not. The album has it all: production, style, and mad rhymes from hip-hop's greatest MC. If you love rap, you gotta be ownin' this album!
The best tracks are:
-Brooklyn's Finest feat. Notorious BIG
-Dead Presidents II feat Nas
-Feelin' It
-Ain't no N**** feat. Foxy Brown
-Can't Knock the Hustle
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5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Reasonable Doubt... May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Reasonable Doubt quite simply put, is one of hip-hop's finest masterpieces by one of its greatest artists. This album dropped back in the mid 90s when artists actually HAD to have talent in order to get respect. If you're a new fan (one that caught on after Hard Knock Life), then you should go back and hear his early material starting with this. 1996 was hip-hop's last truly incredible year. This album and Outkast's ATLiens were the premiere albums of that year. There's so much to say about this LP but amazon only allows 1,000 words so I'll try to keep it short.
The album is centered around the theme of hustling and the life of a hustler. Jay-Z had been living that life since 1988 and many refer to Reasonable Doubt as the Hustler's Bible, so to speak. It starts off with "Can't Knock the Hustle" with Mary J. Blige. The beat is perfect for the lyrics and Jay drops bombs. "Brooklyn's Finest" with BIG is one of hip-hop's greatest collaborations. Jay and BIG go back and forth and just tear the track to shreds. They come hard with metaphors, punchlines, and their sick flows. The beat is produced by Clark Kent. Now, my favorite track "Dead Presidents II" is just unbelievable. The production on this track by Ski is some of the best you'll ever hear. It samples Lonnie Liston Smith's "Dreams of Tomorrow" and compliments Jay's style perfectly. I would say this song is one of hip-hop's best (almost on the level of TROY). As for the lyrics go, it's basically about getting your money and going against all odds in order to acquire it. Another highlight for the LP is the Premo produced "D'Evils". Lyrically, this track is one of Jay's best ever. At the end of Jay's verse he says: "And even if Jehova Witness bet he'll never testify", need I say more?
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4.0 out of 5 stars My review for this cd
This was a good buy.It was a great cd loved it. I'd recommend this cd to all rap/hip hop fans, enjoyed very much
Published 12 months ago by Vicki Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This cd is truely classic jay-z' flow and lyrical content on this album are flawless. What sets Reasonable Doubt apart from his other cd's is that it is free of all the songs that... Read more
Published on July 21 2005 by dist0rt
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Jay-Z Album
This is a great, must have album! Every song on it is great but here is my top 5 songs:
1. Ain't No N*gga
2. Dead Presidents II
3. Brookly'n Finest
4. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars His greatest cd, but he bit a lot from other rappers
This was the definitive work to Jay-Z's career, but didn't even really get the credit he deserved. The lyrics were on point the album was a classic. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Nick W.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Good East Coast MC Out There
No offense to people in the eastcoast, but in my opinion, I don't really like Eastcoast rap. But for Jay-Z, it's different. He has great lyrics, great beats & great flows. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Quiksand
5.0 out of 5 stars Jay's Best Yet...
Sorry to say people but I dont think Jay could ever go back to the era of just pure genius and greatness. He tried to with his last album but no cake. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by John Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Done right the first time.
This CD showcases HOV's rawest and most honest work. Nothing but hot beats and smooth lyrics without the help of big name people. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by B. Banisaba
5.0 out of 5 stars get this
you dont know wayne
a listen up this is good except aint no ***** coming of age******cashmere thoughts*****and some others but there is some
hot songs atleast 3
Published on May 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars True Classic
As soon as I heard the opening beat to "Can't Knock the Hustle" I knew the album was dope. The whole thing just flows together so well. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by "msc0909"
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