The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

The Dynasty: Roc-La-Familia is the fifth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, featuring prominent appearances from signees of Roc-A-Fella Records.[10] 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. The album is certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. The album received widely 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.[11]

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 2000
RecordedMay–October 2000
StudioBaseline Studios
New York, New York
GenreHip hop
Jay-Z chronology
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
The Blueprint
Singles from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
  1. "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"
    Released: October 17, 2000
  2. "Change the Game"
    Released: January 9, 2001
  3. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
    Released: March 13, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
The Source4.5/5[8]
The Village VoiceB[9]


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 listingEdit

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)Kanye 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
12."1-900-Hustler" (performed by Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek featuring Freeway)
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


  • "Change the Game" features additional vocals by Static
  • "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" features additional vocals by Pharrell Williams and Omillio 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 of "Give It to Me Baby" performed by Rick James, and an interpolation "The World Is Filled..." by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Squeeze 1st" contains interpolations of "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.


Adapted from AllMusic.[12]

  • 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
  • Jonathan Mannion – photography
  • Memphis Bleek – featured artist
  • Monica Morrow – stylist
  • Rell – vocals
  • Rick Rock – producer
  • Scarface – featured artist
  • Beanie Sigel – featured artist
  • 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



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Dynasty: Roc La Familia at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Jay Z". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958.
  3. ^ Craig Seymour (2000-11-17). "The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000-) Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  4. ^ BAKER, SOREN (3 November 2000). "On 'The Dynasty,' Production Isn't Equal to Jay-Z's Talents". Retrieved 26 June 2017 – via LA Times.
  5. ^ "NME Album Reviews - The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000". Nme.Com. 2000-11-06. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  6. ^ "Review". Q. January 2001. p. 111.
  7. ^ "The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000 - )". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Music: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000 (CD) by Jay Z (Artist)". 2000-10-31. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  9. ^ "Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide Jan. 23, 2001: Dub for Dummies". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  10. ^ "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000: Jay Z: Music". Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  11. ^ "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Albums & Charts". 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  12. ^ "The Dynasty: Roc la Famila 2000 – Jay-Z | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  13. ^ "British album certifications – JAY Z – The Dynasty: Roc La Familia". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Dynasty: Roc La Familia in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – JAY Z – The Dynasty: Roc La Familia". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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