Roc-A-Fella Records’ Kareem “Biggs” Burke & DJ Premier Discuss Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) On June 25, 1996, one of the most celebrated albums in Hip Hop history was released. Jay Z began his reign as a member of the culture’s list of highly accomplished emcees when Reasonable Doubt hit stores on that date.

The LP celebrates its 20 year anniversary in 2016. There will surely be plenty of events, articles, and moments honoring Hov’s classic debut.

Viceland recently held a Facebook Q&A with two insiders that played a big role in the creation of Reasonable Doubt. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke and legendary producer DJ Premier sat down to answer questions from fans.

Watch Kareem “Biggs” Burke and DJ Premier’s interview below.

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48 Responses to “Roc-A-Fella Records’ Kareem “Biggs” Burke & DJ Premier Discuss Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ (VIDEO)”

  1. DreamBigLiveLarge

    Reasonable Doubt is an amazing album start to finish. D’Evils is my favorite Hov song of all time, and Hov has ALOTTA music I hold in high regard.

  2. Jaymat_

    Man, I was a senior in high school when this album came out. Definitely a classic, but the Black Album was his greatest.

  3. TheAfroRican

    This album is still enjoyable to listen to now. Dope lyrics and beats, especially the “Regrets” track. I used to plug in the headphone jack halfway in my Sony Discman to hear more of the instrumental (yeah, straight ghetto rigging) of that song. Where is the producer of that song anyway (Peter Panic)?

  4. Markus

    Artists especially rappers are lucky to have 1 classic album. Jay-Z has managed to be one of the rare cases of a rapper able to deliver multiple ones. And it all started with Reasonable Doubt. Timeless.

    • Secret Agent Man

      He was lucky in a way too. He had a lot of time being connected in the industry and knowing people before he dropped that album. Years. Most people don’t realize how long he was around even before that.

      • DreamBigLiveLarge

        not luck. it was the talent that landed him there in the first place.

  5. Ferris Bueller

    “Reasonable Doubt” is nowhere near “Illmatic” IMO but a great album nonetheless. I still prefer “The Blueprint” over this.

    • DreamBigLiveLarge

      Reasonable Doubt >>> Illmatic
      Blueprint => Stillmatic (close, but blueprint has a slight edge for replay value)

      • DreamBigLiveLarge

        Illmatic has 10 joints. really 9 because of the intro. and while the entire album is phenomenal, theres 1 or 2 skippable tracks on there. in terms of song structure and content, reasonable doubt is definitely better than illmatic

      • Ferris Bueller

        Aside from the intro, which 2 records? I could listen to that album from front to back without skipping for the rest of my life.

      • DreamBigLiveLarge

        honestly im not big on halftime or memory lane. lyrically they’re incredible like always, but they just throw off the album to me. more so memory lane, but I know ive skipped halftime plenty times too

      • Ferris Bueller

        Although I will say that “Elmatic” was an amazing tribute album! S/O to Elzhi.

      • SBRon

        Yeah, both classics, but throw in the word “timeless” and I think RD gets the nod! When I “spark up the nostalgia” I’m reaching for RD before Illmatic…

      • HugeRocStarDollar$ign

        I’m a Jay-Z fan but what 20 year old nas did with illmatic , shyt man smh He did the Dayum thang. Definitely another classic.

      • HUE HUE HUE !

        why can’t we agree that they are both incredible albums,

      • DreamBigLiveLarge

        they are both classics without a.. reasonable doubt

  6. Larry Sandwiches

    I bought this CD probaly about 10 times over the years. Never felt like I was wastin my money.

    Lost them, scratched them, always listened to them.

  7. STEPH

    Reasonable Doubt was my s— “Can’t knock the hustle”, “Can I live”, “D’evils” etc…. CLASSIC!

    • Jason Mazur

      At the moment this album is a classic, will it stand the test of time? We shall see….or rather our children children will. Also, art is all perception.

      • HugeRocStarDollar$ign

        It’s been 20 years cuh … How much more time you need?

      • Innocent Bystander

        He need twenty mo years. It’s Black music. You know we gotta increase the standards when it comes to Black art. Jay – Z ain’t the Beatles – they made instant classics. Only needed 20 minutes to see that.

      • HugeRocStarDollar$ign

        I need 20 years to figure out what you talking about dude. Plz Don’t explain.

      • Jason Mazur

        It’s Been in our same lifetime. Many of the gate keepers, DJs, industry personnel, media folk and fans are still the same. Their children grow up listening to this. He’s still out here making moves keeping his impact alive. You will know the life of a body of work when they are no longer around to remind you to listen. When people search for it without being pointed to it, when the following generations listen to it and it still makes sense and it still relatable somehow.

    • HugeRocStarDollar$ign

      You either never heard RD or your mind just can’t understand the lyrics. That one album got more lyrics, word play ,witt & realness than 98 % of the music playing today. It’s a classic man!

  8. Tohn

    I used to go to the Blockbuster music store where they would let you listen to any CD before you copped it. I was sold after I heard Brooklyns Finest. Dead Presidents II is my all time favorite Jay song. Love this album.

  9. Black Adam

    One of the All time great albums. A pure classic in every way and stands the test of time. I’ve Been listening to American Gangster recently. Another classic from Hov.

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    The fact that this is their ONLY connection to Jay-Z, even after he cut them loose shows how powerful he is + how useless these guys were = they have NEVER created or produced another star like Jay-Z & NEVER will, that’s why they won’t let go of that album! They’d be broke without it! Keeping ownership of the album shows that black men can be just like Jews & try to own/control your property while creating NOTHING of their own!! Jay-Z must laugh at these clowns on the regular!!

  12. Controversy Sells

    At 8 years old. . . i understood hov quite well. One of my favorite albums. But at this point in life, i wish he wold stop rapping. Countless classics but enough is enoug. Dude is pushing 50. Jsut go chill on that beach on the island you and beyonce own

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