This 20th Anniversary Jay Z Mix Leaves No Doubt His Debut Was A Classic (Audio)

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This Saturday (June 25) marks the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt. The 1996 Roc-A-Fella/Priority Records LP would launch a career trajectory that has arguably been one of Hip-Hop’s biggest, transcending from the Marcy Houses to the top of Hip-Hop, as well as streaming platforms, fashion, liquor, and sports franchise ownership, sports agency, film, and many key partnerships. Before all of that was possible, it started with great music, that resonated in the streets and on the charts. For most, Reasonable Doubt signifies that genesis.

In celebrating R.D.‘s birthday, Wax Poetics magazine and WhoSampled orchestrated a DJ Matman mix that reconstructs the roaring Roc days with style. This 51-minute, 32-song mix delves into samples, audio interview footage, and live performance segments of songs that many Hip-Hop Heads know, love, and live by. Included in the stacks of wax is music by Nas, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Isaac Hayes, Ahmad Jamal, and The Stylistics. With Jay’s vocals still in tow, this a great, different way to “feel it.”

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Here is the tracklist to the 20th anniversary Reasonable Doubt mix:

1. Isaac Hayes – ‘The Look Of Love’ (sampled in Jay- Z – ‘Can I Live’)2. Jay-Z – ‘Can I Live’3. The Stylistics – ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Politics as Usual’)4. Jay-Z – ‘Politics As Usual‘5. Hamilton Bohannon – ‘Save Their Souls’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’)6. Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’7. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Pastures’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’)8. Jay-Z feat. Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’9. Hubert Laws & Earl Kugh – ‘It’s So Easy Loving You’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’)10. Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’11. Nas – The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix) (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)12. Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents II’13. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)14. Snoop Dogg feat Daz Dillinger -‘Murder Was The Case’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)15. Jay-Z – ‘D’evils’16. Allen Toussaint – ‘Go Back Home’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)17. John Kaizan Neptune – ‘Blue Wind’ (sampled in Jay-Z ’22 Twos’)18. Jay-Z – ’22 Two’s’19. Brother Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z ‘Friend or Foe’)20. Jay-Z – ‘Friend Or Foe’21. Eddie Henderson – ‘Inside You’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming of Age’)22. Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming Of Age’23. Ohio Players – Ecstasy (sampled in Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’)24. Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’25. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)26. Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’27. The Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)28. Marcus Miller – ‘Much Too Much’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’)29. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’30. Meli’sa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’)31. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Fool’s Paradise Remix)32. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Live at Madison Square Garden)