The fellas over at 2DBZ got their hands on the original tracklist for Jay-Z’s seminal 1996 debut LP and lo and behold, there are some surprises. First off the sequencing is different. As the Dopeboyz noted, the sequencing on the version of the album that made it to retail is way better, but I suppose hindsight is 20/20.
The other thing you notice immediately is that the album would’ve included 3 extra tracks that didn’t make it onto the version that we are familiar with. What became of these songs? Were they leaked under different titles, or were the lyrics cannibalized for other songs? It’s very possible that they exist on a hard drive or DAT out there somewhere, in which case, GOOD GOD JAY YOU GOT YOUR PUBLISHING, LEAK THOSE SHITS ALREADY MAN.