Saturday, June 25, 2016

20 Years Of 'Reasonable Doubt'





Words by Mo Lavelanet

On this day, 20 years ago the first rap album I ever purchased was released and it changed my life more than i would have ever expected. At only 6 years of age, i felt i was a bit more detailed then others and rather quiet than most. I understood things I wasn’t supposed to but made me feel more complex in the way, I thought. The story behind Reasonable Doubt grew on me as I got older, I understood the meanings behind each bar and verse better after each listen in my opinion it became not only my first album, but my favorite album by my favorite rapper of all time.

I want to add that i'm touching on the tracks that i felt i related with most (which is all but for the sake up my lazy ass typing, just a few).

"Can't Knock The Hustle" ft. Mary J. Blidge

"I leave ya body steaming, niggas is feening, what's the meaning I'm leaning on any nigga intervening with the sound of my money machine-in"

Just getting started into this whole album with an intro like this, just set the tone of the entire project. It introduces you to the life of a man who gives you the vision of life for the upcoming boss and doing what you have to do to get it what you want. Basically making the title of the track make most sense. That brought the style of the album to fruition, im my opinion. The help of the cover shot, gives a good vibe to it too. Gladly May J. was the featued artist, it was only right. "



"Politics As Usual"

Every thing i've gotten into whether it had to be with money or just socializing, politics always came into play. Whether you like it or not, it's something you have to deal with daily. Favors coming at an angle you can't adjust yourself to makes the "who you know" factor come into play. Making connections and networking is what i learned from this record, but with the right people. First impressions.






"Brooklyn's Finest"

"If Fay had twins she'll prolly have Tupac's, get it ? TWO-PACS"


This really was the track that can never get old on this project. The flow dominated, niggas is just sparring on that back & forth action. B.I.G. was so ahead of his time, it really didn't make sense to me The bar was set high. I've heard Big re-wrote Jay's rhymes with wouldn't really suprise me. But that's just hear say, I thought Jay actually kept up with Biggie.




"Feelin' It"

The jazz set it off, like the "get your girl with a bottle of Moet and chill on the beach" type of music. The flossin won't end, That ice game is so prolific, it really sets off the composure in the midst. "Roc-A-Fella Ya'll."




"Dead Presidents II"

"That made him smile though his eyes said pray for me, I'll do you one better and slay these niggaz faithfully, murder is a tough thing to digest, its a slow process, and I aint got nothing but time"

This has got to be one of the best beats of all time in my opinion. Just the hook explains everything you have to know about Jay in general.



"D'Evils"

"I never pray to God, i prayed to Gotti"

Now i know all these illuminati conspiracy theorists that get their degree in the field from youtube want to claim Jay is a puppet. But, let's get one thing straight, a nigga tryna make it out the projects is going to do what he has to with what he's got. It's a touchy subect to get a real answer from me and of course it can be true because everything says "Of Course" and it can all be a speculation. With all that said, and im sure many can relate to it, money and materials will change you while coming up in the drug game.





"Cashmere Thoughts"

The flow is impecable, what i felt coming into this was Jay said "ok, this is my first album, i need to show these niggas what i am amde of, my story, what i want them to say and what i know. Let me preach to them one time. I need ya'll to know my sotyr in the best way and why it's imortant to me." Well...it caught. "Cashmere Thoughts", i know Jay always had a good eye for his material items at a young age, but because quality over quanitity. I felt that was this whole song. The hulster spirit was definitly alive with a New York state of mind.



"Friend Or Foe"

"Friend or foe yo, state your biz You tint the door, ah, there it is Me, I run the show, oh, and these kids Don't like nobody coming around here fucking with they dough for shit"

The dopest shit about this was how he had a conversation with dude saying "Oh nah dawg, you not taking my block with this bullsh*t".



"Can I Live?"

Knowing Jay has always been confident, yet more cocky, his wordplay definitly backed it up, not only on here but the entire project. I feel when you don't have money your aiming at, it's more of a challenge to show and express what you got to show for what it is you strive for. "Can I Live" 






"Regrets"

"Turning my back on Malcolm was one of the mistakes that I regret most in my life. I wish I’d been able to tell Malcolm I was sorry, that he was right about so many things. But he was killed before I got the chance. He was a visionary ahead of us all.…I might never have become a Muslim if it hadn’t been for Malcolm. If I could go back and do it over again, I would never have turned my back on him."


To set this off as the last record on the album, it held it's own. It's a little upsetting knowing this new generation won't have many songs like this to go back and reflect on.


I hope you enjoyed this piece and brought back alot of memories or maybe even made some new ones. I just had to do something after 20 years of an album built with such great replay value. Salute to everyone. Roc-A-Fella all day.
 

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