The Dynasty: Roc La Familia is the fifth studio album by American hip-hop artist Jay-Z, featuring prominent appearances from signees of Roc-A-Fella Records. It was released on October 31, 2000, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. 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. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 557,789 copies sold in its first week and more than 2.3 million copies sold to date. The album generally received positive reviews from music critics and the album ended up becoming the 20th highest selling R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the 2000–2010 decade according to Billboard.

Music

Originally a Roc-A-Fella Records compilation album, the album was also a showcase for Roc-A-Fella artists such as Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Amil and Freeway, which 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. Rather than using big-name producers such as Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, who had featured prominently on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, Jay Z had 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 longtime 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 productions.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"Just Blaze3:10
2."Change the Game" (performed by Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek)Rick Rock3:07
3."I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"The Neptunes3:47
4."Streets Is Talking" (performed by Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel)
  • Carter
  • Smith
  • Grant
Just Blaze4:44
5."This Can't Be Life" (performed by Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel featuring Scarface)West4:48
6."Get Your Mind Right Mami" (performed by Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek featuring Snoop Dogg)
Rick Rock4:22
7."Stick 2 the Script" (performed by Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel)
  • Carter
  • Smith
  • Grant
  • Norman Ingram
Just Blaze4:08
8."You, Me, Him and Her" (performed by Dynasty)Bink3:44
9."Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (featuring R. Kelly)Rockwilder4:55
10."Parking Lot Pimpin'" (performed by Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek)
  • Carter
  • Thomas
  • Cox
  • Grant
Rick Rock4:15
11."Holla" (performed by Memphis Bleek)
  • Cox
  • Briant Biggs
3:32
12."1-900-Hustler" (performed by Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek featuring Freeway)
Bink3:50
13."The R.O.C." (performed by Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek)
  • Cox
  • Grant
  • Smith
Just Blaze4:06
14."Soon You'll Understand"
  • Carter
  • Smith
Just Blaze4:35
15."Squeeze 1st"
  • Carter
  • Thomas
Rick Rock3:49
16."Where Have You Been" (performed by Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel)
  • Carter
  • Edwin Delahoz
  • Grant
  • Rafael Pérez Botija
T.T.5:33

Notes

  • "Change the Game" features additional vocals by Static
  • "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" features additional vocals by Pharrell and Sparks
  • "Get Your Mind Right Mami" features additional vocals by Rell
  • "Stick 2 The Script" features additional vocals by DJ Clue
  • "Parkin Lot Pimpin'" features additional vocals by Lil' Mo
  • "Where Have You Been" features additional vocals by L. Dionne

Sample credits

  • "Intro" contains a sample of "She Said She Loves Me" by Kleeer
  • "I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)" contains elements and samples of "Give it To Me Baby" performed by Rick James, and "The World is Filled" by the Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Squeeze 1st" contains elements from "Hypnotize" and "Who Shot Ya", both performed by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "1-900-Hustler" contains a sample of "Ain't Gonna Happen" by Ten Wheel Drive and Genya Ravan
  • "Change the Game" and "Get Your Mind Right Mami" both contain a sample of "You Gots to Chill" by EPMD
  • "Soon You'll Understand" contains a sample of the Love Theme from The Landlord, by Al Kooper
  • "Stick 2 The Script" contains a sample of "Under Pressure" by Nick Ingman
  • "You, Me, Him, and Her" contains a sample of "What's Your Name" performed by The Moments
  • "This Can't Be Life" contains a sample of "I Miss You" performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and "Xxplosive" by Dr. Dre
  • "Where Have You Been" contains a sample of "Agua de Dos Ríos" performed by Camilo Sesto

Personnel

Adapted from AllMusic.

  • B-High – producer
  • Kareem "Biggs" Burke – executive producer
  • Shawn Carter – executive producer
  • Damon Dash – executive producer
  • L. Dionne – vocals
  • DJ Clue? – featured artist, vocals
  • Freeway – primary artist
  • Chad Hugo – producer
  • Ken "Duro" Ifill – mixing
  • Jay-Z – vocals
  • Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua – executive producer
  • Just Blaze – producer, scratching
  • R. Kelly – featured artist
  • Lil' Mo – featured artist
  • Chauncey Mahan – engineer, Programming
  • Jonathan Mannion – photography
  • Memphis Bleek – featured artist
  • Monica Morrow – stylist
  • Rell – vocals
  • Rick Rock – producer
  • Scarface – featured artist, featured artist, primary artist
  • Beanie Sigel – featured artist
  • Greg Smith – mixing
  • Snoop Dogg – featured artist
  • Static – vocals
  • Dawud West – art direction, design
  • Kanye West – producer
  • Pharrell Williams – producer
  • Shane "Bermy" Woodley – assistant engineer
  • Amil – featured artist

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[22]Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA)2× Platinum2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also