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Initially conceptualized as a Roc-A-Fella Records compilation album, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, was released as Jay-Z’s fifth solo album on October 31, 2000. The album was Jigga’s third project in a row to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 557,789 copies in its first week. It has since been certified 2x Multi-Platinum, and is the 20th highest selling R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the 2000–2010 decade.

The album was a declaration of dominance by Roc-A-Fella, with the label using the Jay-Z-led platform to showcase their game-leading roster. He appeared on 14 of the 16 tracks, and delivered listeners one of the greatest rap intros of all time. Sonically the album was led by the soulful production of legendary in-house producers Bink!, Just Blaze, and Kanye West. On the same day Ludacris’ “Southern Hospitality” was recorded at Right Trax Studios, The Neptunes provided the club-ready beat for “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).”

The Dynasty was recorded from the end of July to September. The album came about organically during a usual day at Baseline. Memphis Bleek was working on his second studio album The Understanding in the A-Room, but when his engineer Brian Stanley called in sick a back-up engineer had to be brought in. Guess who showed up, fresh to New York City? The legend himself, Young Guru. Guru would bring Just Blaze and Kanye West with him to the studio so they could showcase their work for Bleek. Guru’s first engineering credit for Jigga would be “Streets is Talking.”

Virginia native Bink! was also at Baseline that day, working with Missy Elliott’s artist Mocha in the B-Room. Later Hov and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua stopped by Bleek’s session to hear his progress. When Hip-Hop heard Bink!’s beat for “You, Me, Him and Her,” he called Jay in. Mocha agreed to give him the beat and it became the first song recorded for the album. A whirlwind of recording occurred over the next few days and it was decided that the Roc would drop a label compilation. However, Def Jam Recordings didn’t want to release a compilation because they felt it would be hard to find in record stores if it wasn’t under Jay-Z’s name. After “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” were recorded it was decided that it would indeed be released as a Jay-Z album. The last track recorded for The Dynasty was “I Just Wanna Love U” at the end of September; and after playing it 30 times in a row in the studio it replaced “Parking Lot Pimpin’” as the album’s lead single. 

The rest is history…