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
-Ain't no N**** feat. Foxy Brown
-Can't Knock the Hustle