Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) by Jay-Z. Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life Roc-A-Fella Producer: The 45 King. Main genre: Hip-Hop / Rap / R&B. Tags: East Coast Jay-Z admitted that in order to clear the iconic sample he had to lie to the rightsholders to win them over. After having his initial sample request rejected, the New York rapper said. Hey this is my second tab and this is a really good song called "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto and is from Jay-z's third album called "Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life". After the chorus can figure out the rythm but it would help you if you listened to the song.:) Chorus C D E It's the hard knock life (uh-huh) for us E D C It's the hard knock life, for us!! Life and Times of S. Carter is the fourth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on December 28, , by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. According to USA Today critic Steve Jones, the record marked a return to the street-oriented sound of Jay-Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt. .