Jay-Z with RZA production? On the Purple Tape? Kinda, sorta.
Here’s 1995 Jay, right before Reasonable Doubt…but right after the Payday 12″, first solo video, and cameo on that Big Daddy Kane record. Pure gold!
Colby Colb talks about that first day of September in ’95…
This was before Rocafella, this was best friends Jay and Dame driving down to Philly in twin Lexus GS Coupes with records in the trunk. This was one of Jay-z first interviews outside of New York. You could see the potential in him, he was nervous yet confident. During this interview he talks about life before Reasonable Doubt which didn’t come out until 10 months later. Check out the freestyle over some Wu beats.
Jay-Z “Philly Radio Freestyle” (September 1st, 1995)