The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

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The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Studio album by Jay Z
Released October 31, 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Hip hop
Length 66:35
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[4]
NME 8/10[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
The Source 4.5/5[8]
The Village Voice B[9]

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia is the fifth studio album by American hip-hop artist Jay Z.[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 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.[11]


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[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Just Blaze 3:10
2. "Change the Game" (featuring Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel) Rick Rock 3:07
3. "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" (featuring Pharrell Williams) The Neptunes 3:47
4. "Streets Is Talking" (featuring Beanie Sigel) Just Blaze 4:44
5. "This Can't Be Life" (featuring Beanie Sigel & Scarface) Kanye West 4:48
6. "Get Your Mind Right Mami" (featuring Memphis Bleek, Snoop Dogg & Rell) Rick Rock 4:22
7. "Stick 2 the Script" (featuring Beanie Sigel) Just Blaze 4:08
8. "You, Me, Him and Her" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek & Amil) Bink! 3:44
9. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (featuring R. Kelly) Rockwilder 4:55
10. "Parking Lot Pimpin'" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek) Rick Rock 4:15
11. "Holla" (performed by Memphis Bleek)
  • Memphis Bleek
  • B-High
12. "1-900-Hustler" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek & Freeway) Bink! 3:50
13. "The R.O.C." (performed by Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek) Just Blaze 4:06
14. "Soon You'll Understand" Just Blaze 4:35
15. "Squeeze 1st" Rick Rock 3:49
16. "Where Have You Been" (featuring Beanie Sigel & L. Dionne) T.T. 5:33

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


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
  • 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

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 5
German Albums Chart 98
Swiss Albums Chart 89
UK Albums Chart 86
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
US Billboard 200 58


Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
2000 "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" #11 #1 #4
2001 "Change The Game" #86 #29 #10
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent" #82 #29 #12


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

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

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  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. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ "Music: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000 (CD) by Jay Z (Artist)". 2000-10-31. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  9. ^ Village Voice review
  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.  Enter The Dynasty: Roc La Familia in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  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

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
by Limp Bizkit
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 18–24, 2000
Succeeded by by R. Kelly