Jay Z On “Reasonable Doubt” 20th Anniversary: “This Album Saved My Life”

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Jay Z Reasonable Doubt Anniversary

By Shari Weiss

Jay Z Reasonable Doubt Anniversary

(Roc-A-Fella Records)

Jay Z and his fans are celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, on Saturday.

Reasonable Doubt was released on June 25, 1996. The rapper had already created Roc-A-Fella Records at that point, but teamed up with Priority Records to distribute his first full-fledged LP. The record featured 14 tracks, including collaborations with Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and Foxy Brown.

It was instantly met with critical and commercial success, and has gone on to become one of the most iconic hip-hop albums of all time. It also, of course, launched Jay Z, who was dealing drugs at the time, on the path to becoming the music mogul that he is today. And in celebration, fans have made “Reasonable Doubt” a trending topic on Twitter, both in the United States and worldwide.

Jay Z himself, who rarely tweets, even came on to the social media site to express his gratitude. “This album literally saved my life……..,” he tweeted. “I can’t thank you all enough.”

In response, fan @_BraveHeart wrote, “& your music has literally saved my life, thank you!!” @Thad_Sing replied, “Thank you for giving us the greatest album ever.” And @AintNoJigga said, “Thank you for bestowing this album upon the world Hov. It means everything to us and the rap game. Keep droppin’ those jewels.”

Jay Z held a 10th anniversary concert for Reasonable Doubt at Radio City Music Hall back in 2006, but no such plans have been announced for this milestone. That said, the album is available for streaming on Tidal, along with a special documentary.

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