Jay-Z – “Criminology” freestyle from pre-Reasonable Doubt radio appearance surfaces

Almost 15 years ago to the day, one of the greatest rappers of all time released his debut album Reasonable Doubt to very little fanfare or critical acclaim. It would go on to retrospectively be hailed as one of the best albums in rap history and Jay-Z would break unprecedented barriers on his way to becoming a modern musical icon.
Nearly a year before that debut release, on September 1st 1995, a young Hov passed through a Philly radio station with friend and business partner Dame Dash, and gave one of his first interviews outside of New York. He then proceeded to freestyle over a selection of Wu-Tang Clan beats, showing early signs of the slick-talking style that was all over his first couple of albums.

Check out this unreleased audio gem which was just unleashed by Philly radio personality Colby Colb below.

Jay-Z – “Criminology” freestyle