Since 1984: Jay-Z releases “The Dynasty: Roc La Familia” 13 Years Ago!

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On this day in Def Jam history, 13 years ago Jay-Z releases his 5th studio album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia on Roc-a-fella Records.

Its lead single, “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”, produced by The Neptunes, was one of Jay-Z’s most successful singles peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 557,789 copies sold in its first week and more than 2.3 million copies sold to date. The album ended up becoming the 20th Highest selling R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the 2000-2010 decade according to Billboard.

Originally a Roc-A-Fella Records collaboration album, a showcase for Roc-A-Fella artists such as Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Amil and Freeway, which eventually became another Jay-Z solo album, although the Roc-A-Fella artists are abundant on this album. Big name guest appearances have been limited to three – Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, and Scarface – to make room for the Roc-A-Fella family. Rather than using big-name producers such as Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, who had featured prominently on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, Jay-Z had decided to feature more up-and-coming producers at the time of this album, such as Just Blaze, Kanye West, Bink! and The Neptunes. Partially as a result of this exposure, these producers would achieve notable success in the future. This was also the first album of Jay-Z’s not to feature work by long time producer DJ Premier. Given Just Blaze and Kanye West’s penchant for utilizing soul samples in their beats, the album features a smoother sound than Jay-Z’s previous efforts, though Bay Area-based producer Rick Rock includes a more minimalist sound in his four productions. – Wikipedia.

What were your favorite joints off of The Dynasty album? The intro is classic! Let us know in the comments.