#8. Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Label: Roc-A-Fella/Priority

Game:Reasonable Doubt was crazy. My brother Big Face put the album on and once again I was put on to another East Coast emcee. Dude’s voice was so distinctive. That’s why he’s had the longevity, why he’s still potent, and considered today’s hip-hop king.

 
Jay-Z's voice was so distinctive. That’s why he’s had the longevity, why he’s still potent, and considered today’s hip-hop king
 

“Jay could flat out rap. He was cocky as fuck, and he was doing all the things that all the hustlers and dope-dealers were doing. For someone to be talking about it and letting you see it, it switched the fucking climate up. It was an all gangster rap climate at that time. Everything was gangster and he came in and made everything smooth on some hustle shit.

“He made hood niggas think they could dress cool. They didn’t have to wear khakis and chucks all the time. He had motherfucking suits and shit. He came with so much swag that it was undeniable. On top of that, he was the guy that Pac was dissing, so it was like, ‘Oh, this is Jay-Z? He is nice.’ if I rock with someone, I don’t give a fuck who disses them, unless it’s Dre. If Dre doesn’t fuck with you, then I’m not fucking with you.”