Jay-Z, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
A$AP Yams: “I’ll put The Dynasty over a few Hov albums a matter of fact. I would put The Dynasty over a lot of his albums a matter of fact, besides like The Blueprint, cause The Dynasty was really like—it kind of, how can I put it? It kind of set the bar for how rap crews were supposed to look and sound like. You know. Everybody loved how the Roc was so together and shit like that, and that album proved it, you know what I’m saying?
“What’s that one beat that Flex always played? That record right there, that makes you want to be a part of rap. That makes you think together and shit like that, you know what I’m saying? That makes the young motherfuckers be like, ‘Damn, I want rap to be what it once was.’ It was ill. That album right there was just—when that shit dropped, it was so dope. I remember he was going head-to-head with OutKast that week, and he beat OutKast, you know what I’m saying? That was a big record right there.”