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Learn more about Vol. 2-Hard Knock Life (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 60115673
UPC: 731455890228
UPC 14: 00731455890228
Release Date: 9/29/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro-Hand It Down - (featuring Memphis Bleek) ~ Jay-Z
2. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) ~ Jay-Z
3. If I Should Die - (featuring Da Ranjahz) ~ Jay-Z
4. Ride Or Die ~ Jay-Z
5. Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99) - (featuring Big Jaz) ~ Jay-Z
6. Money, Cash, Hoes - (featuring DMX) ~ Jay-Z
7. Week Ago, A - (featuring Too Short) ~ Jay-Z
8. Coming Of Age (Da Sequel) - (featuring Memphis Bleek) ~ Jay-Z
9. Can I Get A... - (featuring Amil/Ja Rule) ~ Jay-Z
10. Paper Chase - (featuring Foxy Brown) ~ Jay-Z
11. Reservoir Dogs - (featuring The Lox/Beanie Sigel/Sauce Money) ~ Jay-Z
12. It's Like That - (featuring Kid Capri) ~ Jay-Z
13. It's Alright - (bonus track, featuring Memphis Bleek) ~ Jay-Z
14. Money Ain't A Thang - (bonus track, featuring Jermaine Dupri) ~ Jay-Z
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Producers include: Premier, Mark 45, Swizz Beats, Steven Jordan, Timbaland.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Eddie Sancho, Paul Falcon, Joe Quinde.
Muze PNote VOL. 2 HARD KNOCK LIFE won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Muze PNote "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.
Muze PNote Personnel: Ja Rule (vocals, rap vocals); Jake Carter (guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Eddie Sancho ; Jimmy Douglass; Joe Quinde; Kevin Crouse; Tony Black.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist DMX
Muze Guest Artist Foxy Brown
Muze Guest Artist Memphis Bleek
Muze Guest Artist Da Ranjahz
Muze Guest Artist Big Jaz
Muze Guest Artist Too $hort
Muze Guest Artist Ja Rule
Muze Guest Artist Amil
Muze Guest Artist The Lox
Muze Guest Artist Beanie Sigel
Muze Guest Artist Sauce Money
Muze Guest Artist Kid Capri
Muze Guest Artist Jermaine Dupri

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Streets Is Watching
Muze Music Compilations 400 Degreez (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Backstage Mixtape (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fix (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Love & Life
Muze Music Compilations Understanding (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations M.a.d.e. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Truth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents: hip Hop Hits Vol. 7
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Charmbracelet
Muze Music Compilations Baptism
Muze Music Compilations R. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 534 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Trill (chopped & Screwed)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Breakthrough
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Exodus(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Because Of You
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:the Pick Of The Litte
Muze Music Compilations Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trilla(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Solution(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations X2 (music Box/butterfly)
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Here I Stand
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Way I See It
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (cln)
Muze Music Compilations Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Xxxo:remixes(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Raymond Vs Raymond
Muze Music Compilations Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Black And White America
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Essential Mariah Carey
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 46
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 Classic Albums:no Limit Records
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mastermind
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Seen It All
Muze Music Compilations Seen It All
Muze Music Compilations SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hood Billionaire
Muze Music Compilations HOOD BILLIONAIRE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Infinity On High (w/ Bonus CD)(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Solution
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gangstas And Hustlaz
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:experience(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:session
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Sade
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam 25:Dj Bring That Back 1984-20
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce 2013 (Clean)

Associated Artists and Works

A Tribute To Jay-Z ~ Artists, Various
Bleek, Memphis
Bloodfire
Cent, 50
Dre, Dr.
Jeezy, Young
Streets Is Watching [PA] ~ Original Soundtrack
Sean, Big
Tapemasters, Inc.
A Tribute to Jay-Z [Big Eye] [PA] ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/29/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 558 902
Music Label Name Label : Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731455890228

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..."

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