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10 Essential Hip-Hop Albums


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#5. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
10 Essential Hip-Hop Albums

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Reasonable Doubt arrived in a year that churned out many heavyweight rap releases, including 2Pac's Me Against The World, Fugees' The Score, and Nas' It Was Written, to keep the list brief. Yet, Jay-Z's "unified steady flow," witty lyricism, and confident (if not cocky) delivery made him stand tall. Even when The Notorious B.I.G.'s cameo on "Brooklyn's Finest," threatened to steal the show, Hov held his own, going pound for pound with the late legend. Sprinkling slick and memorable one-liners here and there, Reasonable Doubt established Jigga as a charismatic MC. His best work so far? Absolutely!

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  • Can't Knock The Hustle
  • Regrets
  • 22 Two's
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