It’s Been 18 Years? 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jay Z’s Classic Debut “Reasonable Doubt”

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jay Z’s Debut Album

In honor of the 18th Anniversary of Jay Z‘s most revered (and heavily debated) debut album “Reasonable Doubt,” we compiled a list of things that you probably didn’t know about the timeless Hip-Hop classic.

Hit the jump for ten very interesting things you didn’t know about “Reasonable Doubt” (and be sure to check out Moguldom’s “A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z” out now).

“Reasonable Doubt” was originally titled “Heir to the Throne.”

Mary J. Blige hopped on “Can’t Knock The Hustle” as a favor to her ex-boo Dame Dash.

Priority Records dropped Hov because they refused to provide a housing allowance of $50K/month along with an S class Benz but still own the rights to his classic debut.

Irv Gotti didn’t want “Brooklyn’s Finest” to happen because he was scared Hov would come off as Biggie’s “little man.”

“Reasonable Doubt” is Hov’s favorite of his own albums. And the best, in his opinion.

He quit his street hustles during the recording process of the album to put everything into his music.

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    The album originally received four mics in The Source which was later revised to the full five.

    This is the early version of the beloved album (right) courtesy of 2DopeBoyz.

    He practiced saying “opium” for an hour before recording “Regrets.”

    He went by the playfully-pimpish name “Cashmere Jones” during the Reasonable Doubt era.

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