Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt By the Numbers

It’s the album that started it all…

On June 25th, 1996, through Roc-A-Fella Records via a distribution deal with Priority Records, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s first classic, Reasonable Doubt, was introduced to the masses. Fifteen years later, the gangster-esque melodrama remains one of hip-hop’s, and Hov’s most celebrated bodies of work.

Featuring production “sleeker than that leather on the Fonz” (DJ Premier, Ski Beatz, Clark Kent, and more) and lyricism clearer than the VS diamonds from Tito in the district, Jay’s debut initially failed to make a commercial impact despite its critical acclaim. While only debuting at No. 23 on the Billboard 200, selling a mere 420,000 copies for the year, Reasonable Doubt would eventually reach platinum status on February 7th, 2002.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Jay’s first magnum opus, XXLMag.com decided to step it up another level and break Reasonable Doubt down by the numbers. What y’all don’t know?…—Ralph Bristout

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  • bamerican

    This, in my opinion, is Jay’s best album by far. Blueprint and black album were good, but no one was touching Hov when he was younger with a hunger.

  • jayru

    stupid article !

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  • Sha

    Ummmm. Maybe this is good for stat junkies…. Otherwise this article is ass wipe material. One of the worst articles I have read on XXL. Damn! Get some new writers.

  • Done With This Site!

    Wow, what a waste of time…XXL is really losing it, turning into mediatakeout-

  • K Smart

    Jay-Z is Andy Warhol and this is one of his masterpieces

  • http://steinonline.tumblr.com Stein

    this article was wack as hell get YN back

  • Yessir

    This shit might be good for a Nicki Minaj fans. But niggas in their mid 20s and early 30s that listen to Reasonable Doubt don’t give a fuck about these numbers.

    Niggas just like the album

  • Roc Ferrero

    I swear everytime i log on this site, ppl have the same comments. if your done your done. lameos.

  • realspitter

    jay z is supremely overrated


    I just wasted 5 minutes of my life that I will never get back…bullshit article

  • Keith NcGraw

    That post is full of shit. What was y’all thinking man? Who’s gives a rat’s ass how many times he said this or said that? Write about something worthwhile.

  • R.Mendez

    wow, another article about reasonable doubt, way to regurgitate old news guys. Somebody needs to be fired at xxl.

  • fireforreal

    Realspitter you sound like your really Jaz-o.

  • Sean Izzle

    haahahah WHAT? Someone in XXL call Reasonable Doubt Jay-Zs best album? :O Now everybody knows The Blueprint is his best album. Its by far his best album. The hood here loves The Blueprint and will always do, nuff said! This will never change.

    Jay-Zs 1990s old school classic was and will always be Vol.2… Hard Knock Life. That changed things, it was his point of becoming a star on his own. I didnt listen to Jay-Z in 1998 when that came out. But i know for sure thats his 1990s classic album, best selling even to this day (i know that doesnt really mean anything but anyway). Jay-Z made you think its a classic by talking about it so much but its not. Hard Knock Life was his turning point, AZs album Do Or Die was a classic, not RD

  • Sean Izzle

    Oh! and Jay-Z and Foxy Brown – Paper Chase off Vol.2… is a while lot better than that Reasonable Doubt song Aint No Nigga.

  • eric

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  • Diamondz

    Jay Z is a fucking clown.He is an overrated monkey that doesnt know what the younger generation wants.He is NOT bigger than hip hop

  • ps360

    @realspitter/ ” I went from the favorite to the most hated, but would u rather be underpaid or overrated?” jay z on So Appalled

  • ff1one

    LOL this is what we come too? U gotta pull articles out the air i mean report people.

    This album could possibly be his greatest its hard to say cause he has grown over the years.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Ch*l*z

    RD is undisputed his best offering yet…but article is laaammee

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  • Durbey E. Macon

    I believe you forgot how much the album has sold to date.