Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt is such a classic that we wouldn’t question Tidal making a documentary for its 20th anniversary if Jigga wasn’t that company’s boss. It’s the sort of album that we’re going to be spending crazy reissue money on when we’re old and gullible, much like dads and Pink Floyd today. The streaming music company dropped RD20 today (June 25) to mark the platinum anniversary (how fitting) of one of the most luxurious debuts of all time.
Jay Z himself has made some questionable statements about his own legacy — he still thinks that Blueprint 3 is good, for example — but even he admits that Reasonable Doubt was his best album. The release of the documentary even caused Jay to tweet, which we all know he only does once in a blue avatar moon.
So, on the 20th anniversary of an undisputed classic of rap music, you owe it to yourself to check out RD20, a Tidal exclusive doc that walks the viewer through the creation of an album that wasn’t recognized in its time, but served as the foundation of one of the most important careers in the history of hip-hop.
And when you’re done, don’t miss this interview with Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem Burke for another insider perspective on Jay Z’s um-laut-ed up beginnings.