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Jay Z celebrates 20th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt with RD 20 documentary — watch

Scheme Engine-directed doc features live footage, plus interviews with key producers and contributors

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    On June 25th, 1996, a kid from Brooklyn named Shawn Corey Carter stopped the rap world in its tracks when he released his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt. In the 20 years since that album’s release, Jay Z has solidified himself as one of hip-hop’s biggest superstars, but he’s never sounded quite as hungry as he did on classic tracks like “Dead Presidents” and “Can’t Knock the Hustle”.

    To celebrate Reasonable Doubt’s 20th anniversary, Jay Z and TIDAL have released RD 20, a documentary about the album that many hip-hop fans consider one of the genre’s greatest. Directed by Scheme Engine, the doc features live footage in-studio and at the Barclays Center (home to Jay Z’s Brooklyn Nets), though most of the 35-minute runtime is devoted to interviews with Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, rapper Memphis Bleek, photographer Jonathan Mannion, and several key members of Reasonable Doubt’s production crew.

    You’ll need a TIDAL subscription to watch the whole thing, but you can check out the trailer below via Instagram.

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