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

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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. Read More

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Specifications

Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60115673
UPC 731455890228
UPC 14 00731455890228
Format CD
Release Date 9/29/1998
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Author Jay-Z
Compilation Appearance Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance R. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Streets Is Watching
Compilation Appearance 400 Degreez (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Belly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Truth (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Understanding (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reason (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fix (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Charmbracelet
Compilation Appearance Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Baptism
Compilation Appearance Trill (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Compilation Appearance Breakthrough
Compilation Appearance Exodus(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Port Of Miami (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Compilation Appearance From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Because Of You
Compilation Appearance Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Definition Of X:the Pick Of The Litte
Compilation Appearance Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Infinity On High (w/ Bonus CD)(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Trilla(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Solution(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Compilation Appearance Solution
Compilation Appearance X2 (music Box/butterfly)
Compilation Appearance Total Club Hits
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Way I See It
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii
Compilation Appearance Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Compilation Appearance Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy:session
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy:experience(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Raymond Vs Raymond
Compilation Appearance Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103
Compilation Appearance Tbd
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [edited]
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Compilation Appearance Best Of The Roots
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance Essential Mariah Carey
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Now 46
Compilation Appearance Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance 5 Classic Albums:no Limit Records
Compilation Appearance 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce 2013 (Clean)
Compilation Appearance MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mastermind
Compilation Appearance MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Essential Sade
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Seen It All
Compilation Appearance Seen It All
Compilation Appearance SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hood Billionaire
Compilation Appearance HOOD BILLIONAIRE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Clean)
Compilation Appearance 2015 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance ICON:FOXY BROWN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dangerously In Love
Compilation Appearance COLE WORLD:SIDELINE STORY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 1 To Infinity
Compilation Appearance Let?s Get It:thug Motivation 101
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
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
DMX
Foxy Brown
Memphis Bleek
Da Ranjahz
The Jaz
Too $hort
Ja Rule
Amil
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
Considered one of the best lyricists to emerge in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac's deaths, Jay-Z has since carried the flag of hip-hop narrative skill. His Roc-A-Fella family had already created a solid reputation based on Jay-Z's 1997 debut. As his fame has grown, so has his tendency to bring more R&B production elements into his work, creating a club-friendly, danceable version of east coast gangsta hip-hop that hasn't diminished his reputation as a preeminent force in rap. Perhaps even more importantly, Jay-Z has become a powerful musica impresario. In his role as president/CEO of Def Jam in the early 2000s, he fostered the careers of popular R&B singers Rihanna and Ne-Yo, and enjoyed a high profile as a co-owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team. His long relationship and eventual marriage to superstar Beyonce has further endeared him to fans.
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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