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Why is Jay-z's vol 2 so underrated?



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 4 months ago '11        #1
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dymablink  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Why is Jay-z's vol 2 so underrated?
 

 
I remember an interview years ago where Meek said vol 2 was his favorite rap album and I thought respect cause that sh*t is severely underrated and made Jay blow up. It also introduced the world to Ja Rule.

Classic album. Diverse songs, Grimey songs, catchy songs, flashy songs.



Like Dat my personal fav from the album
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 4 months ago '07        #2
Sincere730  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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way too many features for me
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 4 months ago '04        #3
MegaTON 
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its not
but all people post about on here is the 3 degrees of separation between dr. dre-2pac and eminem
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 4 months ago '20        #4
Gen Anti Fruit  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x26
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How is it underrated?

Album had his breakout hit.
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 4 months ago '04        #5
xbossxplayax 
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cuz can i get a and money aint a thang were too huge, most folks that dont listen to music but just skim thru it really just skimmed thru the rest of the album

iirc it wasnt until much later the name jay-z garnered heads undivided attention to his "album" not just the radio friendly singles... to the point where he had to say it himself reese nibbled out, classic, shoulda went triple

those that listened, listened. but im talm bout casual rap fans who never thought the camel was seriously considering hisself to be a superior rapper to christopher wallace
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 4 months ago '13        #6
EZ Green  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Thread should've been about vol 3. Vol 2 sold the most for jay
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 4 months ago '15        #7
Villain  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 Gen Anti Fruit said
How is it underrated?

Album had his breakout hit.
Also its his best selling album.

Wasn't it also nominated for a grammy?
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 4 months ago '05        #8
CartelFamill 
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They lined this album up so crazy.....Remember Streets Is Watching Sdt and Movie came out a Week before DMX first album .....Both Platinum.....The Song with Ja Rule was HUGE and was on Nutty Professor Sdt and was ringing off crazy all summer then he came wit Hardknock and k*lled em
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 4 months ago '20        #9
Gen Anti Fruit  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x26
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 Villain said
Also its his best selling album.

Wasn't it also nominated for a grammy?
The album won Best Rap Album

Makes this thread even funnier.



from the grammy website:




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 4 months ago '07        #10
C4daTimeBomb 
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Underrated by who lol ??

It's a certified classic.
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 4 months ago '13        #11
EZ Green  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 CartelFamill said
They lined this album up so crazy.....Remember Streets Is Watching Sdt and Movie came out a Week before DMX first album .....Both Platinum.....The Song with Ja Rule was HUGE and was on Nutty Professor Sdt and was ringing off crazy all summer then he came wit Hardknock and k*lled em
Nah streets is watching came out before vol 1

 4 months ago '04        #12
nwking  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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For me Vol2 is my third Favorite J album.

I think American Gangster is underated ad an album
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 4 months ago '07        #13
Avon_Barksdale  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x148
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 C4daTimebomb said
Underrated by who lol ??

It's a certified classic.
This…

People on here just be reaching starting goofy threads like one.

I brought this album the day that it came out from a local mom and pop store.

Real classic hip-hop OG sh*t.

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 4 months ago '04        #14
Tha754kid 
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This my favorite Jay-Z album
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 4 months ago '15        #15
Tobinmont  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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It’s the album that blew him up. Of course it would be over looked by purest. It’s not my fav. But it has some gems. But it’s not the album he’s spitting that sh*t on in my eyes.
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 4 months ago '05        #16
Switchc2390 
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I can tell you weren't on the internet in the early to mid 2000s..

People always considered Vol. 2 a classic until Jay's later albums came along. Its always been overrated to me. It's a highs and lows album.
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 4 months ago '14        #17
Spot Rusherz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x35
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Vol 2 is a classic. Hands down.

Album has so much fire on it
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Badnewz100  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Album wasn't underrated at all this pushed Jay into mainstream. Hard Knock Life got him a Grammy and Vol 2 was one of his biggest selling albums.
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 4 months ago '20        #19
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Hov was huge back in 98. The song Can I Get A introduced Ja Rule to the world. That song was everywhere during summer.

Hov became Hov in 98.
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 4 months ago '18        #20
Steve Gee97  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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I remember hearing Vol. 2 on a regular weekday afternoon back in Fall 2003 with my Dad.


Paper Chase is one of my favorite tracks. That and the Posse cut "Reservoir Dogs".


Sauce Money had the best verse, then Beans, and Sheek.


Sheek's verse was funny and disrespectful.


I don't think he could get away with the line about those African kids or Sauce talking about Adolf Hitler and having whips that were fat as they beat the slaves with.
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 4 months ago '20        #21
LordRupertEvert 
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Good thread OP

Vol. 2 is underrated, gets too much flack. I'll answer your question though. It's viewed the way it is because it's pretty poppy and polished production wise. Jay was clearly going in a more commercial direction. That rubbed people the wrong way. I think criticizing it for being too commercial is legit but if you listen to the bars Jay is spittin'. He's straight up floating on this album. His flow is so effortless. Production is solid too

Wouldn't call it a classic but it's a tier below that level. I'd put it in the top half of his albums quality wise. And a very important album for his career.
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 4 months ago '20        #22
LordRupertEvert 
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 Gen Anti Fruit said
How is it underrated?

Album had his breakout hit.
Being commercially successful doesn't equate to how a project is viewed quality wise. Nellyville damn near went diamond (if it didn't) but nobody talks about it critically as if it's some great album


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 4 months ago '15        #23
kevS2 
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my least favorite of the volumes but it's a decent album.

 4 months ago '04        #24
Aesop730 
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It is his highest selling album.

 4 months ago '07        #25
killahkazi 
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I always thought it was overrated. It definitely had some classic Jay tracks but there was a lot of forgettable sh*t on there too and he just has way better projects overall. Slap of you want, I said what I said.
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