Classic reviews : Reasonable Doubt in The Source (1996)

From the August 1996 issue of the Source, a review of Jay Z’s first full length, written by Charlie Braxton.  Not on the album, but on mp3 here, the original 12” version of Dead President with different lyrics.

Also, maybe you don’t know but we are selling some of our doubles from the record collection HERE, including the Reasonable Doubt LP and a sealed copy of Dead Presidents. You should buy some, really !

Jay-Z : Dead Presidents (OG version) (fixed)

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20 Responses to Classic reviews : Reasonable Doubt in The Source (1996)

  1. kwaid says:

    Wow. 4 mics.

    Terribly misrated.

  2. SLurg says:

    Yeah. I would give it a 3.5 at the maximum.

  3. No more reasonable doubt I've proven to be the ILLEST MC says:

    3.5 Mics? Fuck you talking about? 5 mic classic. Top 10 hip hop albums of all time, and anybody who says different is just HATING.

  4. Hugo says:

    Haha. really bad review. I hope writers are better now. But I remember reading this review and thinking this album deserves much more than that.

  5. Jablonsky says:

    Good album, but overrated.

    I hate it when reviewers change there conclusions after something become popular.

    Illmatic is a superior album in every possible way.

  6. herb gotti says:

    5 mics, no question. they were on crack when they gave em 4.

  7. Jimmy says:

    Hugely overrated album… when it dropped, a lot of people at the time thought it was kinda wack with sell-out R&B hooks, and so-so beats, even though the lyrics were pretty good

    Unfortunately hiphop never regained it’s golden era standards, Jay-Z became huge off a hit-single sampling a kids movie (SMH), and kids nowadays think he’s the greatest of all time and this was a 5 star album (SMH)

    • Matt says:

      I can agree with that to a certain extent. but whether you like it or not, this is a classic in the mafioso rap era. “Remember back when we first learned to use rubbers, he never learned, so in turn, Im kidnappin his baby’s mother” -D’Evils. See where his mind was ?

  8. william says:

    Dont get it twisted Reasonable Doubt was is and Will always be a classic Jay knew what the hell he was doin on this shit

  9. Raven says:

    Ya’ll are dumbasses
    Reasonable Doubt is easily the greatest rap album of all time
    overrated? fuck all you hoes
    This is the best of Jay Z and best rap album of the 90’s and yes, better than Illmatic

  10. JayNice17 says:

    What everyone has to understand is that YES, Reasonable Doubt is a classic album, but back then, it was only a 4 mic album compared to Illmatic. By today’s standards, Reasonable Doubt would definitely get 5 mics. Jay had some stiff competition during that time. So it’s not really a bad review.

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