15 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As sleek as the leather interior of a luxury Lexus sedan, Reasonable Doubt enacts the glamorous dreams of every young rapper with the cool demeanor and acumen of Don Corleone. Age 27 when his debut was released, Jay-Z was much older than most rappers releasing a debut album and the depth of his life experience brings a gravitas to Reasonable Doubt that few rappers could achieve in 1996. “Regrets” is a song of a man re-examining his past, not grabbing at the flash of the future. But unlike the wizened admonishments of a rapper like Scarface (whose influence looms large on Reasonable Doubt), Jay-Z would never sound younger than he does here. He had spent years honing his rhyme craft, and he moves through every song with swiftness and self-assurance. Listening to him is like watching a rookie point guard slip past veteran giants. Reasonable Doubt is the one album Jay-Z created before having to contend with multi-platinum pressures and superstar responsibilities. It remains his most consistent album because it was the only time Jigga made no compromises. The young rapper had been waiting 27 years to tell this story, and there isn’t a measure misplaced.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As sleek as the leather interior of a luxury Lexus sedan, Reasonable Doubt enacts the glamorous dreams of every young rapper with the cool demeanor and acumen of Don Corleone. Age 27 when his debut was released, Jay-Z was much older than most rappers releasing a debut album and the depth of his life experience brings a gravitas to Reasonable Doubt that few rappers could achieve in 1996. “Regrets” is a song of a man re-examining his past, not grabbing at the flash of the future. But unlike the wizened admonishments of a rapper like Scarface (whose influence looms large on Reasonable Doubt), Jay-Z would never sound younger than he does here. He had spent years honing his rhyme craft, and he moves through every song with swiftness and self-assurance. Listening to him is like watching a rookie point guard slip past veteran giants. Reasonable Doubt is the one album Jay-Z created before having to contend with multi-platinum pressures and superstar responsibilities. It remains his most consistent album because it was the only time Jigga made no compromises. The young rapper had been waiting 27 years to tell this story, and there isn’t a measure misplaced.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

pp34 ,

Sub Chiu

this person is so stupid. they gave one of the best rap albums of all time 1 star cuz of no explicit labels. click yes if u think this person should be slapped.

CleanLyrics1234 ,

Great Album

This is a great album, classic Hip Hop. Stop arguing over if Weezy or Jay is a better rapper, it's stupid. They're both great, but their styles are totally different, you can't compare them.

Double_up ,

To Long of a wait

This whole album is a classic. Jay-Z's best work and can only be compared to Legendary albums like All Eyez On Me or Ready to Die never should this be compared to new albums or artists like Lil Wayne (yeah hes' been around since 93' but wen most these kids start listening to him, 2004?) lol

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