Jay-Z releases fifth studio album "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia"
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia is the 5th studio album released by American rapper Jay-Z. Originally a Roc-A-Fella Records collaboration album, a showcase for Roc-A-Fella artists such as Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel and Freeway, it eventually became another Jay-Z solo album (or at least marketed as one to increase sales), although the Roc-A-Fella artists are abundant on this album. Big name guest appearances have been limited to three – Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, and Scarface – to make room for the Roc-A-Fella family. Its lead single, "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)", produced by The Neptunes, was one of Jay-Z's most successful singles peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the Billboard 200, the album debuted at #1 on the charts with 557,000 copies sold in its first week and more than 2.3 million copies sold to date.
Rather than using big-name producers such as Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, who had featured prominently on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, Jay-Z decided to feature more up-and-coming producers at the time of this album, such as Just Blaze, Kanye West, Bink! and The Neptunes. Partially as a result of this exposure, these producers would achieve notable success in the future. This was also the first album of Jay-Z 's not to feature work by long time producer DJ Premier. Given Just Blaze and Kanye West's penchant for utilizing soul samples in their beats, the album features a smoother sound than Jay-Z's previous efforts, though Bay Area-based producer Rick Rock includes a more minimalist sound in his four beats.
1 "Intro" 3:11
2 "Change the Game" (feat. Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek) 3:08
3 "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" 3:48
4 "Streets Is Talking" (feat. Beanie Sigel) 4:45
5 "This Can't Be Life" (feat. Beanie Sigel & Scarface) 4:48
6 "Get Your Mind Right Mami" (feat. Memphis Bleek & Snoop Dogg) 4:22
7 "Stick 2 the Script" (feat. Beanie Sigel & DJ Clue) 4:09
8 "You, Me, Him and Her" (feat. Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek & Amil) 3:45
9 "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (feat. R. Kelly) 4:56
10 "Parking Lot Pimpin'" (feat. Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek) 4:15
11 "Holla" (feat. Memphis Bleek) 3:33
12 "1-900-Hustler" (feat. Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek & Freeway) 3:51
13 "The R.O.C." (feat. Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek) 4:07
14 "Soon You'll Understand" 4:35
15 "Squeeze 1st" 3:50
16 "Where Have You Been" (feat. Beanie Sigel) 5:36