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No one could have known just how visible Jay-Z would remain after needling detractors with “Maybe you’ll love me when I fade to black” in the opening minutes of his “final” release, 2003’s Black Album. But credit his skills for a resonance that the album holds even after his official return to performance. His mom’s spoken reminiscences of Shawn Carter’s childhood on “December 4th” help set the elegiac yet boastful mood, while “Encore” and “What More Can I Say” shade that vibe into a “My Way”-style claim to immortality. After that opening trilogy, he mostly drops the conceit and just rocks the mic, with the help of some of the most imaginative tracks he’s ever used. Rick Rubin hooks up Mountain and Billy Squier samples for the philosophical “99 Problems,” while Jay describes a traffic stop in one of his most trenchant verses. Kanye West’s reggae stylee-zation (the sampled voice is Max Romeo’s) on “Lucifer” adds aural depth to a gun-laden cautionary tale. And the Neptunes provide a soft-soul bed for “Allure.” That cut’s allusion to Michael Corleone sounds prophetic in light of “the worst retirement ever:" “Every time I felt that was that, it called me right back.”

Customer Reviews

The Best From The Best

In this album u'll find that every track is like his last and is amazing from cover to cover this is a true classic hip hop album. The first track ot come off was change clothes which has essence of pop to it but includes rap twists. The final sound that was release was 99 problems with rock instrumentals and a rap base. This is by far the best album u'll get from a rap artist to dat from the lyrics to the beats Jay-Z is the greatest that there ever was.

jigga dun dun it again

no words can some up the immensity of this album. Jay-Z is one of the most amazing rappers in the game ever. We will miss him when he steps down

The greatest rap album EVER!!!

What more can i SAY!!! This is the album that changed my life!!! I didn't even like listening to rap before this album!!!! U changed my life JAY Z!!! 4 The BETTER!!!!!!!


Born: 04 December 1969 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever...
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