“The Best Part” is the debut album by New York rapper J-Live released on May 1st, 2001. This album was recorded between 1996-1999 and features production from DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Prince Paul, 88-Keys, DJ Spinna, Grap Luva and more and features guest appearances from fellow rappers Asheru, Probe.dms and Freestyle. It was slated for a 1999 release but due to issues with his label at the time, Raw Shack Records, J-Live left the label and the album was shelved. J-Live then moved to Payday Records, but when Payday’s parent company London Records was bought from Universal Music Group by WEA (now known as Warner Music Group) the album was shelved once again. In 2001, copies of the album surfaced as bootlegs and most of them were released in such high quality that it was rumored that J-Live himself was behind the bootlegs. On May 1st, 2001 after years of label problems, The Best Part was finally officially released on the label Triple Threat Records. Since the album’s release, it has been regarded as one of the greatest Underground Hip-Hop albums ever made.