Jay-Z's practice round for tonight's celebration in honor of the 10th Anniversary of his "Reasonable Doubt" LP release date was H-0-T...pun intended. After waiting in a long ass line to get in (thank god it wasn't raining) we had the enjoyment of waiting in a hot Nokia until 11:15 for jigga to come out. The Nokia's performance space was abuzz with a mixture of excitement and impatience. Impatience turned to elation as the curtains were swept aside unveiling a string orchestra, conductor, horns, and percussion backing Jay-Z as he showcased "Reasonable Doubt". Questlove of the Roots acted as drummer and musical director.
Reasonable Doubt's storied history began as a bootlegged cassette tape, circulating among New York's hip-hop community. While the buzz on the young rapper from Brooklyn's Marcy Projects grew, the man who would go on to be crowned 'The Greatest MC of All Time' in a recent MTV News survey still struggled to land a record deal. As a result, Roc-A-Fella Records was born, and Reasonable Doubt was released on June 25, 1996.
Jay-Z treated the crowd to overtime following the completion of the album run-through. I left a few songs in but the crowd was definitely bumpin' with enjoyment.
The highlight for me was the transformation of the end of "22 Two's" into "44 Four's".
Sit Down Stand Up was there as well and has the details on the few guests that joined Jay-Z