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"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)
3:36 (Edit)
Label Roc-A-Fella Records
Writer(s) Shawn Carter/Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin
Producer The 45 King
Certification Gold (RIAA) Silver (BPI)
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Can I Get A..."
"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"
"Money, Cash, Hoes"

"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" is a single from rapper Jay-Z's third album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life and is widely considered to be the rapper's signature song. It samples the song of the same name 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.

The song was spoofed by Dr. Evil in the movie "Austin Powers in Goldmember".

Hard Knock Life was Jay-Z's first single to achieve success outside the US, reaching the top 10 in several countries.


Chart positions

Chart (1999) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 31
Austrian Singles Chart 14
Belgium Singles Chart 11
Dutch Singles Chart 6
French Singles Chart 21
New Zealand Singles Chart 10
Norway Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 2
UK Singles Chart 2
Canadian Singles Chart 19

Single track list



  1. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Radio Edit)"
  2. "Can't Knock The Hustle (Fools Paradise Remix)"
  3. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Album Version)"



  1. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Single Version Clean)"
  2. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (LP Version)"


  1. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Instrumental)"

See also

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