Today, Jay Z‘s classic album Reasonable Doubt turned 20. To celebrate, Tidal have released RD 20, a 35-minute documentary directed by Scheme Engine about Jay’s come-up, the album’s creation, and its legacy today. The documentary is split into sections named after tracks from the album: “Politics As Usual,” “Friend or Foe,” “Dead Presidents II,” and more. The documentary is mainly composed of interviews with key figures in Jay’s career and in Reasonable Doubt, discussing the album’s writing process and it’s effect on hip-hop in the last two decades. Members of Reasonable Doubt’s production team, DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent, Ski, and other figures such as Kareem “Biggs” Burke (the co-founder of Roc-A Fella Records), the rapper Memphis Bleek, the album cover photographer Jonathan Mannion, and more were interviewed.
There’s live footage of Jay performing songs from the album with a live band in a studio and the Barclays Center also included in the documentary. In the studio performances, Vic Mensa and Jay Electronica appear as members of the audience. Watch the documentary via Tidal below. (It’s a 35-second snippet for non-subscribers; a Tidal login is required to view the entire thing.)
Jay Z further showed his gratitude for Reasonable Doubt in comments he shared on his Twitter earlier today:
This album literally saved my life…….. I can’t thank you all enough.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 25, 2016