Reasonable Doubt, Jay Z's full-length debut, came out twenty years ago today, and the typically tight-lipped rapper couldn't help but express his gratitude to the fans and friends who've been paying tribute to the album at the two decade-mark.
The magnum opus that came long before Magna Carta Holy Grail has left a sizeable imprint, and the occasion of its 20th birthday has inspired the naming of "Jay Z Day," the recreation of the apartment in which he wrote the album, countless retrospectives that look back at the significance of the album and its influence and never before heard stories anchored on the record's release. Jay's feeling the love, and he took a break from his vacation with his family to say thanks on Twitter:
As it's his own personal favorite, it makes sense that he'd be hit with a case o' the feelings on such a momentous day. Jay also released RD 20 via Tidal today, a 35-minute documentary that features commentary from the team that brought you the album (DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent, Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem "Biggs" Burke, etc.) and more.
Happy birthday, Reasonable Doubt! Give the album a spin, hit Tidal to watch RD 20, and check out this interview with ScHoolboy Q from the Fuse archives, in which the rapper refers to Jay's epic work as "the Bible of rap."