20 years ago marked the new era of a hip-hop generation. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter pioneered one of the greatest independent pushes to top of the hip-hop scene with the release of his debut album, Reasonable Doubt on June 25th, 1996.
In a rare 1997 interview, Jay-Z discussed his beginnings with the rap game and the business knowledge learned from his long-time mentor Jaz-O. He would later use this knowledge to create his independent label Roc-A-Fella Records with his partners Damon “Dame” Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. After being turned down by several major labels, Carter, Dash and Burke started the label and worked a partnership to release the debut album Reasonable Doubt through Priority Records.
Jay-Z discussed the creative process in creating the album with producers such as DJ Premier and DJ Clark Kent as well the collaborations with artist such as Mary J. Blige and Notorious B.I.G, and Foxy Brown.
“We named the album Reasonable Doubt because you know with anything you do in life, people will judge you. Whether it be doing interviews or radio or whatever you do in life people will judge you. The album is like basically on trial. You either going to like it or you don’t” Carter said.
Happy 20th Anniversary to Reasonable Doubt.
To read up more on Reasonable Doubt, hit up the respect-mag.com site. It’s Jay Day, All Day Baby!
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