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Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

JAY Z

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Reseña de álbum

Coming on the heels of two strong records that revealed the extent of Jay-Z's talents, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life (it may be titled Vol. 2, but it's his third album, arguably his fourth if you count the Streets Is Watching soundtrack) is a little bit of a relative disappointment. Jay-Z had established himself as a savvy, street-smart rapper on those two records, but with Hard Knock Life he decides to shoot for crossover territory, for better and for worse. At his best, he shows no fear — witness how the title track shamelessly works a Broadway showstopper from Annie into a raging ghetto cry, yet keeps it smooth enough for radio. It's a stunning single, but unfortunately, it promises more than the rest of the album can deliver. Jay-Z remains a first-rate lyricist and MC, but too often his subjects are tired, especially since he winds up with no new revelations. Unfortunately, the same could be said for his music. For every "Hard Knock Life," there are a couple of standard post-gangsta jams that don't catch hold — and that's really too bad, because the best moments (including several tracks produced by such stars as Timbaland, Kid Capri, and Jermaine Dupri) are state-of-the-art, R&B-inflected mainstream hip-hop. And that's the problem — before, Jay-Z wasn't trying to play by the rules of the mainstream, but here he's trying to co-opt them. At times he does, but the times that fall flat have less strength or integrity than their predecessors, and that's what makes the entire record not quite as effective, despite its numerous high points. [Shortly after its initial release, Hard Knock Life was reissued with a pair of bonus tracks: "It's Alright," pulled from the Streets Is Watching soundtrack, and "Money Ain't a Thang," a catchy collabo single from Jermaine Dupri's Life in 1472 album.]

Reseñas de clientes

Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life

this is probably j's 4th best album, not including the unplugged. Its got a good combo of songs with good flow and songs with just sick rhymes. Reasonable doubt, the bluebrint, and the black album wer all better, but this is a quality album and its just jay doing his thing. "yo she loved my neclace / started relaxin' / now thats what th **** i call a chain reaction." big up to jay, hes the best rapper alive. key tracks: hard knock life, can i get a..., money aint a thang

Fire

this album is fire. Jay-Z really outdid himself on this one. Hard Knock Life is my second favorite song of his, next to H.O.V.A. off the blueprint. All the songs on this cd are great. This is when Jigga was really in his prime. If you like great rap from one the greatest rappers alive you should look at his other cds.

Best Jay-Z Album

I Gave him a chance because kanye west was influensed by him and i'm a fan but it's basicly the whole record company i'm it to. (Rocafella) Here's My Oppinion on theese songs, i put a * next to the hits Intro 8/10 Hard Knock Life 10/10* If i should die 10/10 Ride or die 9/10 What, Who 8/10 Money, Cash 10/10* A Week ago 8/10 Coming of Age 10/10 Can i Get A.... 10/10* Paper Chase 9/10 It's Like That 8/10 It's Alright 9/10 Money Ain't a Thang 10/10 But I think all the "10" ones are a hit to me. Rate my review Helpful if you can't wait for The Blueprint 3!!

Biografía

Nacido/a: Brooklyn, NY, 04 de diciembre de 1969

Género: Hip-Hop/Rap

Años de actividad: '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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