Reasonable Doubt
Reasonable Doubt
Studio album by Jay-Z


25 June 1996


August 1995 - January 1996


D&D Studios (New York City, New York)


Hip hop, mafioso rap




Roc-A-Fella, Priority


Big Jaz, Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.), Sean Cane, Clark Kent, Dahoud, Dame Dash (also exec.), DJ Irv, DJ Premier, Jay-Z (exec.), Knobody, Peter Panic, Ski

Jay-Z chronology


In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)

Reasonable Doubt is the debut album by American rapper Jay-Z, released in June 25, 1996 on Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records. It features production work by DJ Premier, Ski, Knobody and Clark Kent, and guest appearances from Memphis Bleek, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., among others. Reasonable Doubt features mafioso rap themes and gritty lyrics about the "hustler" lifestyle and material obsessions.

The album peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200, on which it charted for eighteen weeks. It was promoted with four singles, including the Hot 100-charting "Ain't No Nigga" and "Can't Knock the Hustle". Well recevied by critics upon its release, the album has since been heralded by music writers as Jay-Z's "crowning achievement", and appears on numerous best album lists by music publications. Reasonable Doubt has been certified platinum by the Record Industry Association of America and has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States as of 2006.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Can't Knock the Hustle" Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Carter, Foster, Millar Knobody, Dahoud (co.), Sean Cane (co.) 5:17
2. "Politics as Usual" Jay-Z Biggs, Carter, Willis Ski 3:41
3. "Brooklyn's Finest" Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. Bonner, Carter, Franklin, Jones, Middlebrooks, Morrison, Noland, Pierce, Wallace, Webster Clark Kent, Dame Dash (co.) 4:36
4. "Dead Presidents II" Jay-Z Carter, Jones, Phillips, Smith, Willis Ski 4:27
5. "Feelin' It" Jay-Z, Mecca Carter, Willis Ski 3:48
6. "D'Evils" Jay-Z Carter, Martin DJ Premier 3:31
7. "22 Two's" Jay-Z Carter, Willis Ski 3:29
8. "Can I Live" Jay-Z Bacharach, Carter, Davis, Lorenzo DJ Irv 4:10
9. "Ain't No Nigga" Jay-Z, Foxy Brown Burks, Carter, Lampert, Marchano, Moon, Potter, Thomas Big Jaz 4:03
10. "Friend or Foe" Jay-Z Carter, Martin DJ Premier 1:49
11. "Coming of Age" Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek Carter, Franklin, Mtume Clark Kent 3:59
12. "Cashmere Thoughts" Jay-Z Bohannon, Carter, Emanuel, Franklin, Ragin Clark Kent 2:56
13. "Bring It On" Jay-Z, Sauce Money, Big Jaz Burks, Carter, Gaither, Martin DJ Premier 5:01
14. "Regrets" Jay-Z Carter, Di Pasquale Peter Panic 4:34
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