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Episode 4: Can't Knock The Hustle | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

Episode 4: Can't Knock The Hustle | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

Update: 2021-06-22
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In our fourth episode, we’ll be examining the initial and retrospective response to Reasonable Doubt, shining a light on the tight-knit vibes of the Roc-A-Fella Records staff and connecting with original members of the US street team.

Featuring in order of appearance: Ryan Proctor, DJ Snips, Dart Adams, Charlie Braxton, Nick Raphael, Christian Tattersfield, DJ Shortee Blitz, Pain In Da Ass, Maria Davis, DJ Clark Kent, Robyn Mowatt, David Lotwin, Kathy Iandoli and Ski Beatz.

Sumit on some key 1996 Hip Hop albums (1:40 )
Ryan Proctor underground and mainstream Hip Hop divide (2:05 )
DJ Snips on the cohesion in Reasonable Doubt's production and Jay-Z's mentors (3:20 )
Dart Adams on Reasonable Doubt being on the level of fine literature (4:17 )
Ryan Proctor on Reasonable Doubt not being regarded as an instant classic (4:34 )
Charlie Braxton on revising Reasonable Doubt for The Source magazine (5:52 )
Charlie Braxton on how The Source's mic rating system worked (6:55 )
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on signing Roc-A-Fella Records to a worldwide distribution deal (7:48 )
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on going to New York to meet with Roc-A-Fella and watching Jay-Z plan his radio promotion (9:58 )
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on getting Biggie's appearance on Brooklyn's Finest cleared with Clive Davis (12:06 )
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on signing the distribution deal on the same day Roc-A-Fella did their classic Billboard photoshoot (13:31 )
DJ Shortee Blitz on going to Roc-A-Fella's New York office and Dame Dash making tea for his wife (14:55 )
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on seeing the Roc-A-Fella branded Mercedes Benz with Jay-Z handing out promo material from the car (15:38 )
Pain In Da Ass on Lenny Santiago driving the Roc-A-Fella car around New York and taking photos and videos of that time (16:05 )
Pain In Da Ass on joining Roc-A-Fella Records as an intern (16:41 )
Pain In Da Ass on the key players of the Roc-A-Fella office and staff (17:54 )
Chezik Tsunoda on street team promotion for Reasonable Doubt in the Midwest and getting paid in cash (19:06 )
Maria Davis on Reasonable Doubt being a collaborative effort (20:14 )
DJ Clark Kent on how the entire Roc-A-Fella crew contributed ideas to the making of Reasonable Doubt (20:32 1)
Robyn Mowatt on being introduced to Jay-Z and Reasonable Doubt by her Dad who played the album in their home (22:14 )
Pain In Da Ass on the talent in and around Roc-A-Fella Records and the importance of Kareem "Biggs" Burke (22:57 )
David Lotwin on his business relationship with Dame Dash (24:12 )
Kathy Iandoli compares Jay-Z and Dame Dash's personalities to the left and right sides of the brain (25:03 )
David Lotwin, Ryan Proctor, Ski Beatz and Maria Davis on Dame Dash's relentless vision (25:35 )
Pain In Da Ass on the custom made Roc-A-Fella jackets gifted to members of the crew (27:02 )
Pain In Da Ass on how Jay-Z's hunger coming from trauma and encouraging him to turn a negative into a positive (27:56 )

Produced by Sumit Sharma and Chris Mitchell
Mixed and mastered by Dave Walker
Updated artwork designed by Jason Wheeler

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Episode 4: Can't Knock The Hustle | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

Episode 4: Can't Knock The Hustle | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z