Today In Hip-Hop: Jay Z Releases ‘Reasonable Doubt’

On this day, June 25, in hip-hop history... 1996: The Metro, a dreary office complex on John Street lined by hot dog stands and jewelry repair joints, housed a mélange of emcees, producers and staffers whose names were seldom recognized beyond Brooklyn. Sauce Money; Memphis Bleek; Dame Dash. A lanky, flat-nosed rapper named Jay Z was founding his own label with a small pittance from Priority Records, though his previous gigs included touring as Big Daddy Kane’s hype man and selling crack in the Marcy Projects. Guest spots for Big L and Mic Geronimo raised his profile, but Jay still lacked ...

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