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Reasonable Doubt Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • ASIN: B00000HZG9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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1. Can't Knock The Hustle
2. Politics As Usual
3. Brooklyn's Finest
4. Dead Presidents II (New Lyrics)
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, 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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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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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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Man, in 1996, hip hop was a different place. My favorite MC at the same (and still is today) Nas was reigning supreme with the release of his EXCELLENT sophomore album "It Was Written." But, little did I know that Jay-Z, at the time a virtual unknown, would drop such an album that would be described as classic in every sense of the word. THIS album is NOTHING like you would find in hip hop today. What's in this is ABSENT from hip hop today: lyrics, originally, true subject matter, consistency. Many artists don't score too big with the first album, but Jay-Z, just like Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, among others, scored, and he hit a home run. I could go on and on about this album, but let me just say that it's an awesome experience listening to this. Most cats might've slept on Jigga during 96, but years later, those same cats' eyes bugged with surprise when they heard this for the first time. Before you see my overall opinion on this masterpiece, let's do a little rundown on the Jay-Z albums "post Reasonable Doubt."
In My Lifetime Vol. 1 (4 mics, with the exception of 3 songs, you know what they are if you own this album, this album is excellent, even with the things Jay-Z was going through during the making of the album, otherwise, it's great, and "Streets is Watching," "Imaginary Player", "Friend Or Foe 98", "You Must Love Me" and the album's BEST track "Where I'm From" make this album worthwhile)
Vol.2...Hard Knock Life (3 mics, classic? hell no, the title track, "Nigga What Nigga Who", "Money, Cash, Hoes", and "A Week Ago" are bangers, the rest of the album is boring for the most part and it lost SERIOUS points with me because nearly EVERY song featured another artist)
Vol.3...Life and Times of S.
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Format: Audio CD
1996s Reasonable Doubt was the stunning Debut by Jay Z.This
album has the best of his rapping on it besides the guest appearances Jay Z at this time was a veteran Battle and Freestyle from Brooklyn he even beat Big Daddy Kane in a battle
wich is something he also Beat DMX in a battle it was the song
with Foxy Brown that made him a star but it is Dead President's
that is the Classic on here.Here are my reviews
1.Can't knock the Hustle f Mary J. Blige this one greeaatt 10/10
2.Politics as Usual-Good 8/10
3.Brooklyn's Finest f Notorious B.I.G.-Good but does not have
much rapping on it I have heard both do better 8/10
4.Dead Presidents !! he took a Nas sample and made it into a hot
song this one could be a Top 10 song ever.10/10
5.Feelin It-yes he was great Lyrics 10/10
6.D'Evils-DJ Premier Beat enough said 10/10
7.22 Two's-A Freestyle feel to it 10/10
8.Can I Live-Produced by Irv Gotti Later Bitched in 03
in the dreadfully horrible Rain on me Ashanti. 10/10
9. Ain't no _-f Foxy Brown only good thing about it is off
keyed Production other then that it sucks 2/10
10.Friend or Foe-I believe it was produced by Primo
11.Coming Of Age f Memphis Bleek awesome rapping on this song
the rapping is great 10/10
12.Cashmere Thoughts-I Liked 9/10
13.Bring it on f Big Jaz his partner in 88 10/10
14.Regrets-I likeed this one he talks about getting out of the
Hustling game 10/10
15.Can I Live !!-Not Great 4/10 only Bonus Track
I gave this album a perfect scor but remember to Also buy this with Illmatic at the store.
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