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22 Years Ago Jay-Z Dropped His Third LP 'Vol.2...Hard Knock Life'

Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life is the third studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on September 29, 1998, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. It went on to become his most commercially successful album, selling over 5 million copies in the United States. In the liner notes of the album, Jay-Z gives his thoughts on various tracks. The lyrics to the fast-paced "Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)" are also included.

Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life via wikipedia

Studio album by Jay-Z

Jay-Z sed September 29, 1998RecordedDecember 1997 – August 1998Studio

  • D&D Studios (New York City)

  • Sony Music Studios (New York City)

  • Manhattan Center Studio (New York City)

  • Quad Studios (New York City)

Genre Hip hopLength61:43Label

  • Def Jam

  • Roc-A-Fella


  • Shawn Carter (exec.)

  • Damon Dash(also exec.)

  • Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.)

  • Irv Gotti

  • Kid Capri

  • J-Runnah

  • Jermaine Dupri

  • Rockwilder

  • Lil' Rob

  • Mahogany

  • The 45 King

  • DJ Premier

  • Erick Sermon

  • Stevie J

  • Swizz Beatz

  • Timbaland

  • Darold "POP" Trotter

Jay-Z chronology In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

(1997)Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

(1998)Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

(1999)SinglesfromVol. 2… Hard Knock Life

  1. "Can I Get A..." Released: August 22, 1998

  2. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" Released: October 17, 1998

  3. "Money, Cash, Hoes" Released: December 18, 1998

  4. "Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)" Released: March 1, 1999

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