15 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following a false retirement (The Black Album) and a rocky return (Kingdom Come), American Gangster posed the question: How can an artist defined by struggle still make his music feel urgent after the struggle is over? At times, the pose here—hard, hustling—felt like a return to Jay's iconic 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, a survey of the kingpin myths he’d spent a decade perfecting. The wordplay was back, and so was the storytelling—from naïve rise (“American Dreamin’”) to bitter regret (“Fallin’”), or, as Jay framed it on “Roc Boys,” “black superhero music.” But most telling was “Ignorant Sh*t,” a rebuke to critics that doubled as a meditation on the mixed signals given to black entertainers: Do you want the thinker, or do you want the thug? Here, he synthesized both.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following a false retirement (The Black Album) and a rocky return (Kingdom Come), American Gangster posed the question: How can an artist defined by struggle still make his music feel urgent after the struggle is over? At times, the pose here—hard, hustling—felt like a return to Jay's iconic 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, a survey of the kingpin myths he’d spent a decade perfecting. The wordplay was back, and so was the storytelling—from naïve rise (“American Dreamin’”) to bitter regret (“Fallin’”), or, as Jay framed it on “Roc Boys,” “black superhero music.” But most telling was “Ignorant Sh*t,” a rebuke to critics that doubled as a meditation on the mixed signals given to black entertainers: Do you want the thinker, or do you want the thug? Here, he synthesized both.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
Big sasauge ,

His best album ever

It gave you a vibe. It made you feel like you are luxurious

feminem123 ,

American Gangster

Classic

filthy_phil17 ,

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

So many bangers on this album. I wish all of hip-hop was like this. Hov comes with great music every time he drops an album. Thank you Jay Z. You are the greatest.

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