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Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life

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Editors’ Notes

In 1998, the hip-hop world rumbled when this album dropped. s Jigga's aggressive R&B takeover is at its most highly pronounced on "Can I Get a...," "Money Cash Hoes," and "Money Ain't a Thang." Then there's the verbal dexterity and brash cleverness of "Nigga Who, Nigga What" and the title track (which samples from the musical Annie musical). The album is an accurate snapshot of Jay-Z in 1998, but its "mind on my money/money on my mind" attitude that will split Jay-Z fans forever.

Customer Reviews

Jay-Z

J's classic style is much better than his new stuff. this guy can represent!!

I'm first

great rap album, jay-z on his way to come up on this album

i luv this

Whats it gonna be is really awesome, i heard it on MTV the first time and check out the music video becuz it is really cool like this song!!!

Biography

Born: December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever...
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