The Black Album Explicit Lyrics
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|2. December 4th|
|3. What More Can I Say|
|5. Change Clothes|
|6. Dirt Off Your Shoulder|
|8. Moment Of Clarity|
|9. 99 Problems|
|10. Public Service Announcement (Interlude)|
|11. Justify My Thug|
|14. My 1st Song|
If The Black Album is truly Jay-Z's last statement before retirement, he at least goes out near the top of his game. While it probably won't be remembered as his best album, The Black Album is his most personal to date and features some of his most compelling writing. Jay-Z is defiant and defensive here--he's trying to make sure his legacy is properly acknowledged, although he can get a bit heavy-handed at times. Still, he's rarely been more incisive or insightful in his rhymes, exposing his own childhood struggles on songs like "December 4th" while slapping at his haters with "What More Can I Say" and the cutting "Threat." Longtime Jay-Z collaborators Just Blaze and Kanye West churn out outstanding production, especially Blaze, whose beats for "December 4th" and "Public Service Announcement" are among the album's best. Newcomers Aqua and the Buchanans represent well also but Eminem's minor-key drone for "Moment of Clarity" is mired in mediocrity. Jay might fade to black after this one but his last shot doesn't miss. --Oliver Wang
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This will be an unbiased look at the album.
First off, this album is a grower. One expects a persons "last" album to prettymuch jump up and smack them on the head, which this one doesnt do. But it does get better the more you listen to it, which is good.
The production is good on this album as Jay-Z enlists a dream team of producers to show their sparks on this one.
Unfortunately, not all the producers decide to show their sparks.
And now, a breakdown.
December 4th is terrible. I understand what he's trying to do, but it ends up just sounding corny, and the beat is decidedly boring. If you think this is an exciting beat, go listen to the source material that was sampled and then shut the hell up.
But infintely worse than December 4th is "Justify My Thug" which clearly wins the title of worse song on the album, possibly one of jays worse songs ever. I skip this track every time. It is a great example of what not to make.
Change Clothes is a throw-away boring neptunes single that quickly moves into mediocrity.
Everyone sices "Threat" because 9th wonder made it, but it is clearly one of 9th's worst beats. It's very boring, and sounds like it took 20 minutes to make, which it did. On the other hand, Jay has some of the best rapping moments on the CD on this track.
On the other hand, "Brush you Shoulders Off" and "encore" are great songs that hold their own. "99 Problems" is also a great track for Jay, as is "Lucifer" and the last track, "My First Song".Read more ›
Standout Tracks: Encore, My 1st Song, Public Service Announcement, What More Can I Say?, Allure, 99 Problems (My Favorite), Lucifer, & December 4th
overall the album is good but its not something you retire with, its not that hot.Now im no jay z hater but when lyrics and beats are stolend i must say something.People need to know when they are thinking there getting the best of jay z but are really getting the best of biggie and some other hip hop greats.And if im not wrong jay z never beat nas for the king of new york. For those of you who want more on biggie the rap phenomenon go to [...] and search under DJ VLAD. Oh and the ones that dont know jay z,s dead but shawn carters supposed to come back to another record lable.
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I have tried to purchase this album off amazon twice and both times it has come warped and unplayable. Don't buy this album unless you want to hear 99 problems constantly skipPublished 6 months ago by Jesse Mullett
The production on this album is unbelievable! Go get it! Easily in the top 50 hip hop albums of all time!Published 22 months ago by Anirban
First album I bought from him, If you're ready to accept the idea of a rapper beginning an album by stating that he is the greatest rapper of all-time (I'm joking... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nicolas Auclair
This is Jay's 3rd best album, behind Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint. However, this is an album that I can truly listen to from start to finish -- even on The Blueprint, I... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2011 by Jimbo Jones
If this is truly Jay-z's last album then he went out at the top of his game.Widly considered the best to have grabbed the mic within the last 10 years... Read morePublished on July 15 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
This album is pretty good. Jay-z sounds good in his tracks and the music isn't that bad either. I'd recommend this to Jay-Z fans. It's not THE best, but good.Published on Jan. 14 2005 by FreeToRhyme
This CD has some good tracks, some Amazing ones, and some boring ones. In my opinion, the boring ones outweighed the rest. I love the song Lucifer. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2004 by Nasud
In my opinon the Black album was a alright album,. I was dissapointed with this album because its Jay-Z last album and this is how he's choosing to go out. Read morePublished on July 19 2004