Reasonable Doubt (studio album) by Jay-Z

Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 756th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 488 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1996 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (137th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (756th)
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Jay-Z bestography

Reasonable Doubt is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by Jay-Z on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Jay-Z is The Blueprint which is ranked number 495 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,782.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 488 votes)
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09/16/2022 18:12 thenat  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,13075/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 6% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.6/100, a mean average of 74.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 22.3.

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From 01/11/2022 19:15
Hov's best album and a magnificent lyrical display. Incredible production!
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75/100
From 12/12/2020 14:33
Production, lyrics, delivery, everything works. A classic for a reason.
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Rating:  
70/100
From 11/08/2020 15:01
A few memorable moments, but not much that sticks with me.
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Rating:  
85/100
From 07/15/2020 19:16
Good rap album a little bit over average but jay-z is smooth on this record. Favorite song: Dead Presidents II
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90/100
From 06/27/2020 02:53
Nearly the entire first half of Reasonable Doubt is stellar. Effortlessly engaged from the beginning with a particularly good opening track. There's a bit to sift through as the album enters its 3rd quarter, but overall so much incredible word play and tremendous drum sound. A great record.
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80/100
From 12/27/2019 09:58
Jay-Z just really seems to be more in his element in the '90s. "Jay-Z, Big Smalls nigga, shit ya draws" is the type of hip hop obnoxiousness I can stomach because of the perfect amount of humor. The flow really is off the charts on this one. Where had it gone after the turn of the milennium? Maybe still there though, the beats just don't fit anymore, he need that boom bap.
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80/100
From 11/09/2019 02:49
This really sounds more pure... if you will. It's Jay-Z without the artificial colour or flavour.
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75/100
From 05/13/2018 22:31
Pretty cool, on first listen. I think its score will rise.

75/100 (Above Average)
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From 12/24/2017 04:27
An epic Jay-Z album that tells his story of drug dealer to rapper beautifully.
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95/100
From 12/08/2017 02:23
WHY IS THIS ALBUM SO LOW????

Jay is an unquestioned top 5 dead or alive rapper and this is generally considered his best project. I'm not saying it should be praised like some high tier Radiohead record but it's overall stats are ridiculous and Dead Presidents II being below an 88 is unacceptable.
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