Today In Hip-Hop: Jay Z’s ‘Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life’ Was Released 15 Years Ago

On this day, September 29, in hip-hop history...  1998:  Before the Tom Ford suits... Before he rubbed elbows with the President... Before he even met his world-famous wife, Shawn Carter was the hottest act in rap and the coolest man on the planet. In September 1998 with a show-stopping sample from a Broadway show to lead the way, Jay Z dropped Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life and nothing quite has ever been the same in American pop culture. It is true that many consider Jay Z's 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, to be the finest effort of his career and over the years, ...

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