Album Narrative: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ One Of The Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time


Thousands of hip-hop artists worldwide have released albums over the better part of four decades, however very few compare to the likes of JAY-Z’s Reasonable Doubt. The 1996 released classic can easily be regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. The deserved acclaim for this album doesn’t rest in its commercial appeal or number of records sold but in its gritty-street authenticity and the effect it had on the people. You didn’t just hear this album – you felt it. This body of work boasts with classic anthems like “Can’t Knock the Hustle” featuring RnB legend Mary J. Blige and “Brooklyn’s Finest” featuring the late, great Notorious B.I.G. but each record from this album can be considered as an undeniable banger. JAY-Z has been awarded 22 Grammy’s with 77 nominations along with a host of other awards from American Music Award’s for ‘Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year’ to B.E.T Awards for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’. The accolades speak for themselves but that wasn’t necessarily JAY-Z’s aim in his earlier works like Reasonable Doubt. This particular album was a gutter, almost diary-like refection of who JAY-Z was at that time and who he was becoming….

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