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Jay-Z's Discography

The Musical Evolution of Jay-Z: His Select Discography

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    1996's Reasonable Doubt went Platinum straight out of the gate and spawned three huge hits, including "Can't Knock the Hustle."
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    1997's In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 was another Platinum stunner that continued to spawn collaborations with Foxy Brown, Babyface and Blackstreet.
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    1998 - Streets Is Watching Soundtrack (w/ various artists) first introduced his protege Memphis Bleek to the world with "It's Alright."
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    1998 - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life was without a doubt his breakout album, eventually going five-times Platinum with four hit singles, including the seminal "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)."
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    1999 - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter came on the heels of Vol. 2 and had a lot to live up to, going on to sell over three million copies worldwide.
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    2000 - The Dynasty: Roc La Familia gave Jay-Z the opportunity to put on State Property member Beanie Sigel and foreshadowed his future extended collabos with R. Kelly.
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    2001 - The Blueprint relied heavily on beats from in-house talents Just Blaze and Kanye West, who provided the most unique compositions in the game.
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    2001- Jay-Z: Unplugged once again changed the game with Jay's participation in this heavily rock-oriented program, and surpassed all expectations of what people thought live hip-hop was all about.
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    2002 - Chapter One: Greatest Hits served as a canon to the first phase of Jay's career.
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    2002 - The Best of Both Worlds (w/ R. Kelly), though followed by an ill-fated tour, the album broke boundaries with its terrific title track.
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    2002 - The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. Flanked by future wife Beyonce on "03 Bonnie & Clyde," the album also marked Jay's departure from thug to sophisticated gentleman.
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    2003 - The Blueprint 2.1 - the popularity of Blueprint 2 screamed for an extended remix, and that's exactly what fans got.
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    2003 - The Black Album is long considered Jay's watershed album, and features the mega-hits, "99 Problems," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," and "Change Clothes."
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    2003- Bring It On: The Best of Jay-Z - the second canon of Jay's legacy.
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    2004- Unfinished Business (w/ R. Kelly) - Despite prior troubles, the two collabo partners got together to release this sophomore longplayer.
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    2004- Collision Course (w/ Linkin Park) once again broke history as the world's first full-length "mash-up" of rock and rap acts.
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    2006 - Greatest Hits - the definitive collection.
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    2006- Kingdom Come is the dark horse album of his career, but the single "Hollywood," with Beyonce proved to be a gem.
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    2007- American Gangster - the soundtrack to the film furthered his appearance as a matured artist.
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    2009- The Blueprint 3 featured his newly recast Roc Nation artist like Rihanna and sparked the anthem, "Forever Young."
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    2009- The Blueprint: Collector's Edition
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    2010- Jay-Z: The Hits Collection, Volume One is the definitive collection.
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    2011- Watch the Throne (w/ Kanye West) proved that two rappers at the top of their game could make something even better.
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    2012- Live In Brooklyn
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    2013- Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby - By setting modern music to jazz age settings, the juxtaposition made for an incredible soundtrack.
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    2013 - Magna Carta Holy Grail will undoubtedly spawn more hits and further extend Hov' s standing as the world's premier rapper/entertainer.
 
 

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