In honor of the 15th Anniversary of the release of Reasonable Doubt, Philly Radio OG Colby Colb has liberated this extremely rare, mostly unheard Jay-Z 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.
Yeah, it’s pretty surreal to hear Jay sounding all young and enthusiastic, talking about his minor accomplishments up to that point and plans for the future. He’s all amped up about the video they had just shot for the “In My Lifetime (Remix)” and the yet to be titled album that would become Reasonable Doubt. Then he spits over “Criminology” and the “Method Man” beat and fumbles a couple of lines. Classic shit.
UPDATE: Link fixed.
Previously: Jay-Z on Rap as Poetry