Rap mogul Jay Z may be sitting on some unreleased gems as an alleged original tracklist for his 1996 Reasonable Doubt debut has emerged online.
The now-iconic album’s art director reportedly unveiled the surprise tracklist heading into the weekend.
An original tracklist for Jay Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt has surfaced online. Revealed by the album’s art director and designer, Adrien Vargas, the list reveals that the album was supposed to be three songs longer than it ended up becoming, with the “Dead Presidents” Remix serving as a bonus song. The three songs taken off, “The Hurt,” “Tell Me,” and “Hot,” have never been released, at least not under those titles. (Complex)
Along with new records, the original tracklisting shows a different song order.
Meanwhile, the order itself was changed. The original tracklist was supposed to have “Dead Presidents,” “Feelin It,” and “Ain’t No” as the first three songs on the album. The final version started with “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” “Politics As Usual,” and “Brooklyn’s Finest.” Also, the list of guest appearances on the album is incomplete, omitting Jaz-O and Sauce Money from “Bring It On” and Mary J. Blige from “Can’t Knock The Hustle.” It also incorrectly states that Memphis Bleek appeared on “Can I Live;” Bleek actually appeared on “Coming Of Age.” Had Reasonable Doubt been released in its original tracklist form, the album would be remembered far differently than it is now. As it stands, Jay has ranked his debut album as his best work. (Complex)
In honor of his 44th birthday last month, Jigga ranked his 12 solo efforts and put Reasonable Doubt atop the list.
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic) 2. The Blueprint (Classic) 3. The Black Album (Classic) 4. Vol. 2 (Classic) 5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive) 6. Magna Carta (F*ckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail) 7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…f*ck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…) 8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money)) 9. Dynasty (Intro alone…) 10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto) 11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha) 12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me) (Life + Times)
During a rare Twitter Q&A last summer, Jay named Reasonable Doubt his favorite LP.
Jay-Z has finally revealed a secret he’s been keeping for decades … HE LOVES CAPTAIN CRUNCH … but only with crunch berries (duh). Jay went on a tweet-a-thon today … answering all sorts of fan questions, when one guy asked if he had a favorite cereal. Hova replied, “cap’n crunch growing up. I haven’t had cereal in a bit #factsonly]” … adding, “crunch berries tho.” Poor Franken Berry … Other things we learned … Jay thinks his new album is good, but not his best work — in fact, he says “it can fight for 4th [best album]” behind Reasonable Doubt, Blue Print Vol.1 and The Black Album. He was also asked if he still has 99 problems “or have they all been sorted?” Jay’s reply — #newrules new problems.” When asked if he owns a Picasso, Jay joked back … “no..my birthday is DEC 4 though.” Hope his pal Warren Buffet was paying attention … he’s about the only guy who can afford that kind of a gift. (TMZ)
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