There are numerous reasons to respect the work of Jigga. But of the three truly classic albums he has delivered, "Reasonable Doubt" will always hold special affection. It is one of those debuts that just redefine the game, subtly in many ways, but a massive shift in others. We’ve taken possibly our favourite cut from the album the street hustle grind of ‘Politics As usual’ for the Illest playlist. But another of the standouts amongst an album of sheer quality is of course the mighty, beef sizzling ‘Dead Presidents II’. The beat from producer Ski is simple and sick, but it is the lyrical flow that knocks you sideways every time, the guide to hustling and money-making that Jay and the Roc bought as a fully-fledged manifesto to the party. Get money, make money, spend money. Politics as usual indeed.
Or alternatively, and also from this awesome debut, in comes the Snoop sample, the Primo beats, and then the shocking story of hustling to live. ‘D'evils’ is a monster of a track, and contains one of the best lines from Jay's seemingly bottomless pit of metaphor and description: "So I kept feeding her money 'til her shit started to make cents". Fake hustlers and fake MCs simply don't come near to Jigga at his finest, even fifteen years later.