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Reasonable Doubt [Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

Jay-ZAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • ASIN: B00000HZG9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, Powerful, and Absolutely Brilliant June 16, 2002
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Jay-Z reveals his true genius in this album. I was hooked on Jay-Z after hearing Volume 1 in a friend's car back in 1997, which is actually an underrated album. I didn't listen to Reasonable Doubt until 2000, and the funny thing is, I didn't realize how great it was until about a year later, after listening to it over and over. The songs are dark and deep. This is a strangely innovative album, because of the production. For example, 22 Two's is nothing I have ever heard before, and overall the piano dominated beats are so different from what you'll usually hear on a hip-hop record. The lyrics are amazing. There are many themes that run throughout the album, including focus, determination, and justice.
In my opinion, the best tracks are (in this order): 1) D'evils, 2) Can I Live (the first verse is incredible), 3) Bring it on (Jay's verse is abstract), 4) Brooklyn's Finest, 5) Can't Knock the Hustle, 6) 22 Twos (the first verse is awesome), 7) Coming of Age (the Jay/Bleek exchange is very original and effective), and then 8) Can I live II. 9) Dead Presidents.
The reason why D'evils is a classic is because of the message, and because of the piano. The message is that if you wish to be successful in any endeavor, you should be willing to do whatever it takes, including lie. A secondary theme in that song is that friends grow apart due to disparity in success. But what makes that song great is how the message is delivered - the rhymes that he chooses.
If you are a music fan (not necessariy a hip-hop fan, but a music fan), or a lover of language and expression, get this album.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EASILY His BEST Album! October 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before Jay-Z was Jay-Z he was Jay-Z. Confused? You should be. Listening to this album and then listening to his later releases will have you wondering what happened. Youll be confused as to why he switced up his music. Was it the money or the fame? Anyway this album is the Instant Classic album from Jay-Z. He has no other classic albums dont be mistaken. This album blows his other efforts outta the water.
Duet with Mary. J. Blige is just so laid back adn effortless( dont confuse with no effort) and tizight. Politics As Usual has tight beat and flow from Jay-Z. As a matter of fact all of the songs have great lyrics and flows from Jay. The beats are street and hardcore while being mellow at the same time. Songs like Brooklyn's Finest, D'evils, Feeling It, Friend Or Foe etc. display these qualities. 22 Two's is the song that shows Jay-Z cleverness and prowess on the mic. Can I Live is GREAT song adn it is a must hear, very introspective. Aint No ..., which samples It's My Thing from EPMD, adn Coming of Age are more classic songs.
My favorite song is Dead President's with its classic Nas sample, haunting beat and superior lyrics.
To Conclude, this album cant even be considered a classic........but a rare masterpiece that can never be duplicated. There are a bunch of classic lp's but how often do you come across a masterpiece? A Must Buy.
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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning February 14, 2004
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Let me start by saying I'm a white guy, and a not-cool one at that. I've only recently started beefing up my Hip Hop collection, with my last purchase being "Illmatic" by Nas, which is amazing. This album is right there.
The lyricism and poetry imbued in all these tracks is insanely good. "Politics As Usual," "Brooklyn's Finest," and everything else on this disc is the stuff of an ambitious genius. I don't know much, but I know there's no way it got any better for Jay-Z than "Reasonable Doubt."
I've been turned off by the corporate crap that apparently clutters many of his subsequent releases (especially that annoying sample of "It's a Hard Knock Life"....UGH). But "Reasonable Doubt" showcases an ARTIST at the peak of his powers. A lot can be said of ambition, and Jay-Z had it. Let's hope he gets it back.
Until then, sit back, turn up the volume, and let the beats and poetry from this classic debut put it on you, as it did me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Regardless of how much you can love or hate Jay-Z, it's been universally accepted that his masterpiece, his magnum opus, is, and always will be 1996's Reasonable Doubt. On Reasonable Doubt we have a young, charismatic and confident emcee who is blessed with the God-given skills to be unbelievably deep on the microphone, yet spit his lyrics out with the venom and fury of a South American serpent. Please, do not be fooled by the majority of Jay-Z's work. Reasonable Doubt stands head over shoulders above the rest not only for the brilliant lyricism conveyed, as well as the masterful production, but for the underlining depth found within it's fifteen tracks. Reasonable Doubt is an incredibly deep journey through the mind of a rugged young black man, living in the slums of Brooklyn, relying on his skills as a street trader to get him by. Jay-Z paints an vivid picture of this kind of dangerous life, and manages to give us the good, the bad, and the ugly about being a hustler. Each track acts as a different memory and different emotion that he expresses to the listener with his complex and deep lyricism. Hell, listening to Reasonable Doubt is like listening to a black and white mobster film being played inside of your head and narrated by Jay-Z. You see it from HIS point of view, and although you may not agree with it, you are indeed guaranteed to be entertained.

Track List & Rating

1. Can't Knock the Hustle f/ Mary J. Blige (5 Stars)

2. Politics as Usual (4 1/2 Stars)

3. Brooklyn's Finest f/ Notorious B.I.G. (5 Stars)

4. Dead Presidents II (5 Stars)

5. Feelin' It f/ Mecca (5 Stars)

6. D'evils (5 Stars)

7. 22 Two's (5 Stars)

8. Can I Live (5 Stars)

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Published 3 days ago by Ebony Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it.
I love the OLD Jay z and this album is probably the best one he put out. I listen to it all the time. It came on time, no damages. Definitely recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Evelyn
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
Jay-Z's best cd . I don't think anything else he has made comes close to this. Gotta love this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of his best work!
J at his best. The hunger skill and humility is there...impressive work by a lyrical master who uses voice inflection extremely well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Classic
This album is a pure Platinum classic CD, nuff said! They don't make albums like this anymore...it brings back memories of the 80's and 90's when rap/hip hop music was at its... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tony M
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Knocc This Classic
You better bump this Classic,str8 banger's on here like, Can't Knocc the Hustle!!! ft Mary J Blige,Politics As Usual!!!,Br718klyn's Finest!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
nice price good quality great delivery fast I love jay z s music I actually bought more then one albums by jay z because of great pricing
Published 6 months ago by Michelle R Mapson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
One of the best albums ever. This is how a true debut album should be done to introduce an artist.
Published 6 months ago by Ant
5.0 out of 5 stars Jay Z's finest.
By far Jay Z's best work, His rise to riches, his overcoming the struggle, and ultimately a glimpse of the rise of the golden age of rap from the ashes of 70's classis jazz. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brandon M Litwin
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