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The Black Album [Explicit Lyrics]

Jay-Z Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (584 customer reviews)
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1. Interlude
2. December 4th
3. What More Can I Say
4. Encore
5. Change Clothes
6. Dirt Off Your Shoulder
7. Threat
8. Moment Of Clarity
9. 99 Problems
10. Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
11. Justify My Thug
12. Lucifer
13. Allure
14. My 1st Song

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars And Now, A Fair And Balanced Review Jan. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you are a die hard fan of Jay-Z and like anything and everything he does, then why are you even looking at these reviews? Just go buy the album and continue to follow the shepherd around.
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".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jay-Z's most accessible album... March 30 2014
By Anirban
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
The production on this album is unbelievable! Go get it! Easily in the top 50 hip hop albums of all time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first Jay-z March 15 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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... they all do it), but mister J got a real shot at it, it might feel too much sometime, but when there is sex it's cute and sexxx, the threat have some jokes in them and come on "99 problems" really kills the s***! Did I mention he raps real good too ?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Classic Nov. 14 2003
By "ill3"
Format:Audio CD
This album had a very good chance of becoming one of the greatest of all time, up with Illmatic, Ready to Die, Aquemini, and other cream of the crop hip hop albums. Tracks like "What More Can I Say", "My First Song", and "Encore" feature wonderful, ambient production and tight rhymes about Jay-Z's retirement and offer an introspective look we haven't seen since Reasonable Doubt, albeit this album comes from a rather different perspective than a street hustler. Kanye West and Just Blaze continue to be Jay-Z's muses with "Lucifer", a tremendous concept track with a feel reminiscent of Biggie's "Respect", and "My Name Is HOV", not a particularly standout track, but it fits very well with the album and is well done, if not spectacular. "99 Problems" is another good song off of this album, and my personal favorite, with its catchy chorus and old school feel.
However, this is a Jay-Z album, so there are going to be some mistakes. Unfortunately, these mistakes comprise half of the album. Ironically, the worst produced tracks come from the biggest-named producers on the album: Neptunes, Eminem, Timbaland, and DJ Quik. The Neptunes tracks, "Change Clothes and Go" and "Theater" (not sure about the name, but it's #13), are not actually "bad" songs, but they simply cannot compete with the rest of the album. They drag and do not fit in with the organic scheme of the good tracks listed above, plus, Pharrell needs to quit singing falsetto on every track, it's a neat gimmick, but quickly becoming played out. This is extremely disappointing given the excellence of previous collaborations ("Excuse Me Miss Again(la la la)", "Frontin"). Another disappointing previous collaboration is with Timbaland (of "Hola Hovita", "Jigga What", and "Give it to Me" - all excellent) on "The Threat".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Aug. 8 2011
Format:Audio CD
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 usually skip "Jigga That N***a" and "Hola Hovito". In many ways, this album could be better than The Blueprint but it lacks some of the energy of the former. It's a must-have for any Jay fan and is an interesting example of very personal, reflective East Coast quasi-gangster rap. Best song: Public Service Announcement. Sounds straight from Reasonable Doubt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really 4.5 Stars... July 16 2005
Format:Audio CD
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...(other than 2pac) he spit some tight rhymes on his last album.There were some beats that i never thought Jigga could ever pull off but he did it flawlessly."Moment of Clarity" is a perfect example.With an eminem beat that only Jigga could rip like he did.It's a great album pick it up.Only flae are the last 3 tracks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brush the dirt of your collection
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. 15 2005 by FreeToRhyme
3.0 out of 5 stars Good... Not Great... Not a Classic... Could do without it
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 more
Published on Dec 27 2004 by Nasud
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure about this Black Album
Definitely not the best of Jay-Z
Published on July 22 2004 by François Lafontaine
3.0 out of 5 stars What the Black Album should have been
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 more
Published on July 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Is This The End??? (4 Stars)
It's hard to rate an album like this. On one hand, I expected more from Jay. Especially since this is supposed to be his last album. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Norfeest
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really the Greatest
Jay z claims to be the greatest rap artist alive and may not say it but i know he think he,s the greatest of all time. Read more
Published on July 18 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars
I think that this is a great album, but I only gave it 3.5 stars because it had some weak tracks. "99 Problems" "PSA" "What More Can I Say? Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The album is classic. He deserves five mic just on what he has done for hiphop, and out of respect since its his last album. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Black Ginger
2.0 out of 5 stars Nas is Better
The final chapter in the Jay-Z Saga(unless you believe he will return as S.Carter on Aftermath),showcases a last effort to show he is the best MC out there, though in my opinion... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Spencer Perry
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