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Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life [Parental Advisory]

Album: Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hand It Down (Intro) - (featuring Memphis Bleek)
2)    Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
3)    If I Should Die - (featuring Da Ranjahz)
4)    Ride or Die
5)    Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99) - (featuring Big Jaz)
6)    Money, Cash, Hoes - (featuring DMX)
7)    Week Ago, A - (featuring Too $hort)
8)    Coming of Age (Da Sequel) - (featuring Memphis Bleek)
9)    Can I Get A... - (featuring Ja Rule/Amil)
10)    Paper Chase - (featuring Foxy Brown)
11)    Reservoir Dogs - (featuring The LOX/Beanie Sigel/Sauce Money)
12)    It's Like That - (featuring Kid Capri)
13)    It's Alright - (bonus track, featuring Memphis Bleek)
14)    Money Ain't a Thang - (bonus track, featuring Jermaine Dupri)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Jay-Z (rap vocals); Wais, Half Dead, Big Jaz, Amil, Liz (vocals); Steven Jordan, Lil' Rob (various instruments); Jake Carter, Mike (guitar); Kid Capri (programming); Memphis Bleek, Da Ranjahz, DMX, Too Short, Ja Rule, Amil, Foxy Brown, Jermaine Dupri, The Lox, Beenie Siegel, Sauce Money.
  • Producers include: Premier, Mark 45, Swizz Beats, Steven Jordan, Timbaland.
  • Engineers include: Eddie Sancho, Paul Falcon, Joe Quinde.
  • VOL. 2 HARD KNOCK LIFE won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
  • "Hard Knock Life" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. "Money Ain't A Thang" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
  • Personnel: Ja Rule (vocals, rap vocals); Jake Carter (guitar).
  • Audio Mixers: Eddie Sancho ; Jimmy Douglass; Joe Quinde; Kevin Crouse; Tony Black.
  • Recording information: D&D Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Manhattan Center Studios, New York, NY; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; Sony Studios, New York, NY.
  • Jay-Z is a rapper's rapper. He is the lyricist all other MCs want to be, and he has the beats over which every other MC wants to rhyme. His third album, VOL. 2 HARD KNOCK LIFE, further verifies Jay-Z's #1 status. Throughout his musical career, Jay-Z has shown that he has the skills to pay more than just the bills. Experimenting like few other rap artists have, Jay-Z uses the Broadway musical Annie's "Hard Knock Life" for his title track and first single. With its hardcore production, "Money, Cash, Hoes" allows Jay-Z to demonstrate his lyrical skill alongside DMX. "Paper Chase" features Foxy Brown and diversifies VOL. 2 with its Southern Timbaland-produced feel.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.77) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Q (12/00, p.144) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Boasts Timbaland, DMX, Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown and an infectious title track sampling the musical Annie. It couldn't fail: the epitome of mainstream hip hop, and intentionally so."

The Source (11/98, p.190) - 4.5 Mics (out of 5) - "...On his third try for the trophy, the mayor of Marcy Projects took time during the offseason to perfect his method..."
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