Dynasty-Roc La Familia 2000 (Explicit Version) CD (2000)

Artist: Jay-Z

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The Brooklyn bred superstar is known best for compiling words and turning them into world renown phrases. The first single "Parking Lot Pimpin" is sure to find the nest at the top and also features Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel. Other titles include "Daddy Where You Been" and "Street Is Talkin".

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Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60445419
UPC 731454820325
UPC 14 00731454820325
Format CD
Release Date 10/31/2000
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Author Jay-Z
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Featuring Jay-Z
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Longtime rap fans may remember Jay-Z as an associate of the Jaz, who had a minor hit in 1988 with "Hawaiian Sophie." Before that, he was Shawn Carter, a young man from Brooklyn's Marcy Projects. Though Carter was a promising student, his wild behavior led him to a vocational high school in Brooklyn, where he met future stars Christopher Wallace (the Notorious B.I.G.) and Trevor Smith (Busta Rhymes). As a young MC, Jay-Z appeared on several underground mix tapes, and his work with the Jaz appeared promising. But with bills to pay, Jay-Z increasingly found himself mired in the criminal underworld, a life he had known since the age of 16. It wasn't until 1992 that he found the courage to leave the life of a drug dealer behind him. After his retirement from crime, Jay-Z began to look for a record deal as a solo artist, but only had a guest appearance on long-forgotten rap group Original Flavor's 1993 single "Can I Get Open" to show for his efforts. It wasn't until a friend, Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash, convinced him to form a record company with him that Jay-Z's career finally got off the ground. Jay-Z released his first single through Roc-A-Fella in 1995, "In My Lifetime." It proved to be a hit in New York's fickle hip-hop scene, and helped Dash and Jay-Z secure a distribution deal for Jay-Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt. Though it wasn't a huge seller, Reasonable Doubt confirmed Jay-Z's status as one of the most promising lyricists in years, a rapper who vividly portrayed the highs and lows of being a black gangster. More importantly, it earned the admiration of veteran rap stars as varied as Ice Cube and the Notorious B.I.G. The next year, Jay-Z and Dash negotiated a new distribution deal with Def Jam Records for Roc-A-Fella. The ascendant rapper had promised that Reasonable Doubt would be his only album, but he followed it up in 1997 with In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, a somber effort partly influenced by the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. Two subsequent albums (Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life and The Life And Times Of S. Carter) followed. With his latest--Dynasty--Roc La Familia--released in October 2000, the only one thing to be said is you know what to expect from the God MC the Jay-Hova. He never fails. Do you believe? All Shawn Carter wanted to do is reach his people. So all Jay-Hova witnesses keep believing.

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