Vol. 2-Hard Knock Life (Explicit Version) CD (1998)

Artist: Jay-Z

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Hard Knock fo' Life

by thedeuce_78@hotmail.com on 4/27/1999

This title's hot! Jay-Z's lyrical flows will have this album in constant rotation for a long time.

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Product Overview


Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60115673
UPC 731455890228
UPC 14 00731455890228
Format CD
Release Date 9/29/1998
Author Jay-Z
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Bleek, Memphis
Associated Artist/Work Bloodfire
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Associated Artist/Work Jeezy, Young
Associated Artist/Work Killah, Ghostface
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sean, Big
Associated Artist/Work Tapemasters, Inc.
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Doug E. Fresh
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Gang Starr
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Artist Influence LL Cool J
Artist Influence Main Source
Artist Influence Marley Marl
Artist Influence Rakim
Artist Influence Run-D.M.C.
Artist Influence Slick Rick
Artist Contemporary 50 Cent
Artist Contemporary AZ
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
Artist Contemporary Big L
Artist Contemporary Big Punisher
Artist Contemporary Clipse
Artist Contemporary DMX
Artist Contemporary Eminem
Artist Contemporary Fabolous
Artist Contemporary Fat Joe
Artist Contemporary Fatal
Artist Contemporary Freeway
Artist Contemporary Ghostface Killah
Artist Contemporary Ja Rule
Artist Contemporary Jadakiss
Artist Contemporary Joe Budden
Artist Contemporary Kanye West
Artist Contemporary Kendrick Lamar
Artist Contemporary Lupe Fiasco
Artist Contemporary Mase
Artist Contemporary Memphis Bleek
Artist Contemporary Method Man
Artist Contemporary Missy Elliott
Artist Contemporary Mobb Deep
Artist Contemporary Mystikal (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Prodigy (Mobb Deep)
Artist Contemporary Raekwon
Artist Contemporary Redman
Artist Contemporary Ski Beatz
Artist Contemporary T.I.
Artist Contemporary The Diplomats
Artist Contemporary The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Follower Aesop Rock
Artist Follower Bas
Artist Follower Devin
Artist Follower DMX
Artist Follower Drag-On
Artist Follower Earl Sweatshirt
Artist Follower Fabolous
Artist Follower Far East Movement
Artist Follower Freeway
Artist Follower Guilty Simpson
Artist Follower J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Follower Ja Rule
Artist Follower Jean Grae
Artist Follower Joe Budden
Artist Follower Kanye West
Artist Follower Lil' Cease
Artist Follower Meek Mill
Artist Follower Memphis Bleek
Artist Follower Ms. Jade
Artist Follower Sauce Money
Artist Follower T.I.
Artist Follower The Murderers
Artist Follower The Neptunes
Artist Follower Trip Lee (rap)
Artist Follower Young Jeezy
Technical Info
CatalogID 558 902
Lable Name Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Released 09/29/1998
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731455890228
Musical Guests
Foxy Brown
Memphis Bleek
Da Ranjahz
The Jaz
Too $hort
Ja Rule
The Lox
Beanie Sigel
Sauce Money
Big Jaz
Kid Capri
Jermaine Dupri
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Jay-Z (rap vocals); Wais, Half Dead, Big Jaz, Amil, Liz (vocals); Steven Jordan, Lil' Rob (various instruments); Jake Carter, Mike (guitar); Kid Capri (programming); Memphis Bleek, Da Ranjahz, DMX, Too Short, Ja Rule, Amil, Foxy Brown, Jermaine Dupri, The Lox, Beenie Siegel, Sauce Money.
Producers include: Premier, Mark 45, Swizz Beats, Steven Jordan, Timbaland.
Engineers include: Eddie Sancho, Paul Falcon, Joe Quinde.
VOL. 2 HARD KNOCK LIFE won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
"Hard Knock Life" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. "Money Ain't A Thang" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: Ja Rule (vocals, rap vocals); Jake Carter (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Eddie Sancho ; Jimmy Douglass; Joe Quinde; Kevin Crouse; Tony Black.
Recording information: D&D Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Manhattan Center Studios, New York, NY; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; Sony Studios, New York, NY.
Jay-Z is a rapper's rapper. He is the lyricist all other MCs want to be, and he has the beats over which every other MC wants to rhyme. His third album, VOL. 2 HARD KNOCK LIFE, further verifies Jay-Z's #1 status. Throughout his musical career, Jay-Z has shown that he has the skills to pay more than just the bills. Experimenting like few other rap artists have, Jay-Z uses the Broadway musical Annie's "Hard Knock Life" for his title track and first single. With its hardcore production, "Money, Cash, Hoes" allows Jay-Z to demonstrate his lyrical skill alongside DMX. "Paper Chase" features Foxy Brown and diversifies VOL. 2 with its Southern Timbaland-produced feel.
Artist Overview
Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become the reigning rapper of New York City. Beginning with his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions with each release, and his hits made him omnipresent on urban radio. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparring most memorably with Nas. Jay-Z and his Roc-a-Fella associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded hip-hop during the 2000s and 2010s. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.77) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Q (12/00, p.144) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Boasts Timbaland, DMX, Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown and an infectious title track sampling the musical Annie. It couldn't fail: the epitome of mainstream hip hop, and intentionally so."
The Source (11/98, p.190) - 4.5 Mics (out of 5) - "...On his third try for the trophy, the mayor of Marcy Projects took time during the offseason to perfect his method..."
Disc 1
1 Intro-Hand It Down - (featuring Memphis Bleek)
2 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
3 If I Should Die - (featuring Da Ranjahz)
4 Ride Or Die
5 Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99) - (featuring Big Jaz)
6 Money, Cash, Hoes - (featuring DMX)
7 Week Ago, A - (featuring Too Short)
8 Coming Of Age (Da Sequel) - (featuring Memphis Bleek)
9 Can I Get A... - (featuring Amil/Ja Rule)
10 Paper Chase - (featuring Foxy Brown)
11 Reservoir Dogs - (featuring The Lox/Beanie Sigel/Sauce Money)
12 It's Like That - (featuring Kid Capri)
13 It's Alright - (bonus track, featuring Memphis Bleek)
14 Money Ain't A Thang - (bonus track, featuring Jermaine Dupri)

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Hard Knock fo' Life by thedeuce_78@hotmail.com on Apr 27, 1999