Jay-Z is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving seventeen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time, he was ranked #1 by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001), are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z’s debut album was released on June 25, 1996, by Roc-A-Fella Records and It features production 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 US Billboard 200, on which it charted for 18 weeks. It was promoted with four singles, including the Hot 100-charting “Ain’t No Nigga” and “Can’t Knock the Hustle”. Reasonable Doubt has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America
Well received by critics upon its release, the album has since been heralded by music writers as Jay-Z’s “crowning achievement”, “a seminal work”and an “undisputed classic”.It appears on numerous best album lists by music publications, including The Source, Blender, and Rolling Stone, which ranked it on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.