Vol. 2...Life and Times of Shawn Carter

from Jay Z – Ranking His Own Albums on Rap Genius

Meaning

What Hova says:

Classic


If you’re an hip-hop fan there’s no way you haven’t heard songs from this album: Hard Knock Life, Money, Cash, Hoes, Nigga What, Nigga Who are just three of the tracks included in this album.

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard, and it is Hov’s biggest-selling album to date, coming in at over five million sold. He talked about the sales blowing up and its impact on the culture on the following year’s “Do It Again”:

Niggas shipped two million, then I blew to three
Then I skated to four, ‘fore I went on tour
I came back and it’s plain
Y'all niggas ain’t rapping the same
Fuck the flow, y'all jacking our slang

You can check out the lyrics of the album here and the cover art breakdown here!

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