Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
|"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"|
|Single by Jay-Z|
|from the album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life|
|Released||October 27, 1998|
|Format||12-inch single, Cassette, CD, Vinyl|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop|
|Length||3:58 (Album Version)
|Label||Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam|
|Writer(s)||Shawn Carter/Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin|
|Producer||The 45 King|
|Certification||Gold (RIAA) Silver (BPI)|
|Jay-Z singles chronology|
"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" is a single from rapper Jay-Z's third album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. It samples the song "It's the Hard Knock Life" from the Broadway musical Annie. The song was produced by The 45 King and at the time of its release, was the most commercially successful Jay-Z single. The RIAA certified it as a gold single in March 1999. In addition, it was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards in 1999.
It was ranked number 11 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop.
"Hard Knock Life" was Jay-Z's first single to achieve success outside the U.S., reaching the top ten in several countries, including number two in the United Kingdom.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||14|
|Belgian (Ultratop 50)||11|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||5|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||6|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||10|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||7|
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||10|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles||2|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1998)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||89|
Single track list
- "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Radio Edit)"
- "Can't Knock The Hustle (Fools Paradise Remix)"
- "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Album Version)"
- "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (swearing version)
- "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (LP Version)"
- "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Instrumental)"
Turn Up, Ghetto Anthem (Hard Knock Life) - Jay Z (ft. 2 Chainz)
- Recording Industry Association of America Gold & Platinum Searchable Database
- Samplin' Annie at Vibe
- Do we make life harder than it needs to be? Can't we live easy?