Yesterday was the 15th Anniversary (Yesterday) of the release of Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt. In honor of the occasion Philly Radio OG Colby Colb has released a rare, mostly never heard interview and freestyle from 1995.
What can I say, this is a historic moment in Hip Hop. At the time I knew of Jay-z from Original Flavor and he had a cameo on this Big Daddy Kane song that was out that summer.
This was before Rocafella, this was best friends Jay and Dame driving down to Philly in twin Lexus GS Coupes with records in the trunk. This was one of Jay-z first interviews outside of New York. You could see the potential in him, he was nervous yet confident. During this interview he talks about life before Reasonable Doubt which didn’t come out until 10 months later. Check out the freestyle over some Wu beats.
It’s crazy hearing a unpolished young and enthusiastic Jay-Z talk about is plans for the future and his minor accomplishments at the time. He was super excited about the video he shot for the “In My Lifetime (Remix)” and the album that would later the classic and legendary Reasonable Doubt. Then he stumbles a couple times through a freestyle over the “Criminology” and “Method Man” beat. Who’d would that guy would become the Jay-Z he is today.