This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
June 25th, 2012
June 25th – Jay-Z releases his platinum selling debut album “Reasonable Doubt” on Roc-A-Fella Records, on this day in 1996.
The classic set featured four classic hit singles; “Dead Presidents II”, “Can’t Knock The Hustle” (featuring Mary J. Blige), “Feelin’ It” (featuring Mecca) and Ain’t No” (featuring Foxy Brown).
Other guests on “Reasonable Doubt” included label mate Memphis Bleek, Big Jaz, Sauce Money and the late Notorious B.I.G. on a classic cut aptly-titled “Brooklyn’s Finest.”
Producers on “Reasonable Doubt” would include Big Jaz, DJ Premier, Sean Cane, Knobody, Ski, DJ Clark Kent, Irv Gotti and Peter Panic.
Roc-A-Fella, the label for “Reasonable Doubt”, was an imprint started by Jay-Z along with partners Kareem “Biggs” Burke and Damon Dash. Roc-A-Fella was to be a label mainly used as a vehicle to release music by and promote the career of Jay-Z but eventually became one of the most powerful and influential companies in the entertainment industry.