Simply, this is a top album - you have to give it time, as at first I steered clear of "Hard Knock Life" and "A Week Ago", but these slow beats are the thing Jig is good at - "A Week Ago" tells a story which is described so well and gives such empathy that it can be imagined. These perceptions are why Jay-Z is one of the top artists. "Money Ain't A Thang" is another amazing song, with good old Jermaine Dupri, a class rhymer with a noticable, but effective voice. Tunes are generally good, although few weak songs, and if DMX is not your cup of tea, stay away from "Cash, Money, Hoes", as it is full of the dog barks from Dark Man X himself. Also very good performances from Ja Rule and Amil, Kid Capri and others - a top album, different from the slow, lights-dimmed romance sort of style in Vol 1, and the agressive truth of Reaonable Doubt (A MUST-HAVE), Mr Carter has produced a fine continuation to his stories (especially the second chapter of "Coming Of Age" with Memphis Bleek, amazing, even better than the original). Well worth purchasing if you like Jay-Z, and his slower, rythmic sick-style.