"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.
Chart performance and success
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.
Usage in pop culture
The song was parodied by Mike Myers as his character Dr. Evil in the 2002 movie Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Comedy rap trio Sudden Death parodied the song on their album Die Laughing (2005), titled "Star Trek Life".
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1998)
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100
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)