Thursday, May 6, 2010

Jay-Z: The Reasonable Doubt Archives



"N****s want my old shit, buy my old album/"
- Jay-Z; "On to the Next One"

The Jay-Z line I've quoted above gave me the inspiration to put this new compilation together. Reasonable Doubt is and always will be my favorite Jay-Z album. Call it elitist, American golden era exceptionalism. Whatever. And since we've already got the album, I figured I could dig some more. I'm "stuck on stupid", you see. Now if you thought The Illmatic Archives or The Purple Archives were a goldmine, you ain't seen nothin' yet! Over the years I've seen some early Jay-Z compilations that were poorly assembled and boasted some pretty hilarious titles (does Prehistoric Hov ring a bell for anyone?). Not to toot my own horn [||], but none of them compare to this right here. I've got rarities, I've got b-sides, remixes, collaborations, acapellas, instrumentals, clean versions. Shit, I've even got a song performed by Bugs Bunny off the Space Jam OST (in case you're wondering, it's because Jay-Z wrote the lyrics - I kid you not).


One previously-released compilation which I must give credit to is DJ Rhude's B.C. (Before the roC) mixtape which I've included here as Disc Three in this eight disc set. I believe he dropped that tape in 2002. Rhude's mix contains a gang of exclusive Jay joints you literally will not find anywhere else. So props to him on that. On a side note, I'm saddened to say that I didn't manage to get every instrumental from Reasonable Doubt. Trust me, I looked. You can blame DJ Scratch if you'd like (ha!). But you can't stop the music. What we have right here is a collection of 110 tracks from early on in Mr. S. Carter's career, ranging from 1986 to 1997. Everything from Jaz to Kane to Biggie. This took me about a week or so to organize and set into full gear, but it's really been something of a decade-long labor of love (and bootlegging). "Keeping it moving" is a great thing. But reminiscing can be fun, too. So enjoy! And as always... TURN IT UP!!




















38 comments:

  1. why do you use hotfile now? just wonderin...

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  2. Oh my goodness. Wow. Just wow.

    You outdid yaself Ivan. Much props for this.

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  3. "i should have got a five but niggas lack foresight"

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  4. @anon#1: Hotfile is reliable. Also, Hotfile allows files up to 2GB - even for non-premium users. Rapidshare does not. Their limit is 200MB. That means that I'd have to post 4 separate links for this file (which is over 600 MB). Capice?

    @FD: :D

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  5. daaang Ivan...you snapped on this one.

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  6. Im not mad but fuck me Hotfile is slow!

    Things are shifting now, do I have to swap my RS account for HF?

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  7. ^ You're getting slow speeds on HF? That's odd. I get maximum speeds for my internet connection. How slow?

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  8. very much obliged..

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  9. I'm not sure about the rest of u guys.....my norton anti-virus
    located a medium threat on the file.

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  10. ^ Bullshit. Zip file's fine. why you trying to bring this party down?

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  11. ^ you clown, why would i make such a thing up. I downloaded this thing twice and same thing happen. Ivan, what do u think ? I'm using a PC. Maybe i need to download this on my mac ?

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  12. I think it might just be Norton acting iffy - which it's prone to do. The contents of this download are the same for all of my uploads: folder, music files with embedded artwork. No more, no less. I'm not sure why Norton would be acting up. I just ran AVG Anti-Virus - that's what I use - and got no problems. Oh, and I use a PC. Not sure what to say...

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  13. ^ ok i appreciate the advice, this post is massive.....thanks for the hard work......

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  14. No virus warning here.

    Norton - I had this. Its really very bad. I'd advise you to use something else. Getting rid of Norton was the best thing I did for my laptop.

    AVG Free - Used this for 2 years but my laptop was shut down by a virus it didnt catch. Bit outdated maybe...

    Using Microsoft Security Essentials now with no problems. However my advice is grab Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Extremely good. I even paid for the full version but the free one is good to have too. Catches everything.

    Back to the topic, I downloaded at peak time and this took me 3 hours! Better be worth the wait!

    Much slower than RS for me. I understsand why HF is good for you though, so no worries.

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  15. Been listening to this all day while working -- huge props for putting this together. So much of this stuff is Jay-Z lore that I'd heard OF before, but never actually heard. Totally geeking out on this, man -- thanks.

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  16. Damn Ivan, this is amazing. Between this and the Illmatic Archives, you could teach a class on early NY hip-hop. Much appreciated.

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  17. wow...this is incredible...

    thanks!

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  18. Alright, here's what I'm gonna do for you Rapidshare fans. I'm gonna upload this set in 4 parts: 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and 7 & 8. Cool?

    Glad you all like it! Any recommendations/suggestions for the next chapter in the 'Archives' series?

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  19. Did you do the artwork for this?

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  20. First things first : Thank You.

    Why can't people keep making music like that, beats me maybe I'm just nostalgic.

    Back for more later

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  21. Thanks Ivan, fantastic collection, thanks for sharing your labour of love.

    As for a next chapter, tough call maybe something from EPMD, Tribe or something from the West Straight Outta Compton?

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  22. @Josh: Yup!

    @bob: I was thinking of doing Dre or NWA. Public Enemy was also on my mind. We'll see... ;D

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  23. Ivan, this is a great post. I got to say you have done a great job on your blog it looks so dope. Im a big fan of his blog. I am always also a hiphop blogger/writter still young my blog is http://hiphop-movement.blogspot.com if yo ucould check it out it would mean a lot. any tips lol

    PEace man

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  24. This is by far one of the most incredible posts I've seen on any blog. Its almost bittersweet because I dont know if people will appreciate this as much as they should considering the amount of work you put in to this. I certainly do, not to mention I am a huge Jay stan, so this is indeed a goldmine for me and my kind. The illmatic archives was also another gem. As a fan of the site, let me just say I thank you for all of this stuff. Keep doing your thing, this site of yours is nothing to sneeze at. Keep doing what you doing my dude.

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  25. Epic Post. This Post is making the HHIR Top 5 Off-or-On-Online off one posting!!!

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  26. Had to give you the link up at Know The Ledge. Great post. loving it. I had 80% of this stuff but the ones i didn't have, man, you impressed me. Now if you got them all at 320kpbs. That would be a DJ's dream. :) You are a tru Jedi.

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  27. this compilation is absolutely ridiculous! mad shit i ain't heard before.

    "murdergram" is conspicuously absent though. just noticed that

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  28. Murdergram dropped in '98. ;D

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  29. this shit is insane, i think hova in these tapes put him in top 2 MCs ever

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  30. and ivan, for the next archive series, follow me on this, 50 CENT!! if you can find stuff before power of the dollar. i'm really interested that era of 50

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  31. I totally hear you on that Shaun. I'm not sure how extensive that archive set would be though....

    Early track (possibly his first): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGmJnvloU2A

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  32. link is broken..i'd love to get this download

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  33. can someone re-up this please...link is dead or does anyone have another link

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  34. filesonic is gone...would love a re-up :D

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