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Jay Z - Can I Live By Reasonable Doubt (1996) Image

Jay Z - Can I Live (mp3 download)

» Reasonable Doubt (1996)
producer Irv Gotti

This is all sonic dramatics and verbal acrobatics. The beat, built on a sample of Isaac Hayes’s “The Look of Love,” feels like a scene in a gangster flick — producer Irv Gotti was inspired by the film Dead Presidents.

On the track, Jay evokes paranoia and affluence and introspection via multisyllabic flows that offer a deeper psychological analysis of the mind of a hustler.

It’s lyrically one of Jay’s best showcases, a perfect example of why Jay-Z is one of the best rappers of all time.


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