Reasonable Doubt [Explicit] Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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.
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
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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)
9. Ain't No Nigga f/ Foxy Brown (4 Stars)
10. Friend or Foe (5 Stars)
11. Coming of Age f/ Memphis Bleek (4 1/2 Stars)
12. Cashmere Thoughts (4 Stars)
13. Bring It On f/ Big Jaz & Sauce Money (5 Stars)
14. Regrets (5 Stars)
15. Can I Live II f/ Memphis Bleek (4 Stars)
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.