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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 Is This The End??? (4 Stars) July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I guess, like most people, I expected him to finish things with a bang. While this isn't a bad album, it's not a classic either. High points on the album come when he's backed by strong production. You can zone out to tracks like "Allure" while the drum arrangements on "Encore" (courtesy of Kanye West) are just plain sick. The first single "Change Clothes" is a bouncy track that you know is really formulaic, but you dance to it anyway. And the beat to "99 Problems" is about as good as it gets on this album in my opinion. And if there wasn't so much talking in between verses on "Threat", that song would be a classic. But it's still vintage Hova though. Meanwhile, there are a few shortcomings on the album. Tracks like "Justify My Thug" and "Moment Of Clarity" are skippable tracks that could've been left off the album and I don't think anyone would've ever noticed. But the negative aspects of the album end there. Overall, this is a good (not great) album from one of the best to ever do it. We all know that Shawn Carter isn't as sharp a lyricist as he was on Reasonable Doubt, but I'll take a declining Jay Z before I listen to a hot nobody any day.
Standout Tracks: Encore, My 1st Song, Public Service Announcement, What More Can I Say?, Allure, 99 Problems (My Favorite), Lucifer, & December 4th
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not really the Greatest July 18 2004
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Format:Audio CD
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.Im here to let you know that legends and greats dont STEAL other legends and greats beats and lyrics.Thats right for those who listen to albums and mixtapes off the streets you know of (DJ-VLAD) and (DJ DIRTY HARRY)who did the notorious B.I.G,s rap phenomenon. There were lyrics that jay z took from this hip hop legend. Jay z,s what more can i say sounds exactly like biggies keep your hands high feat, tracey lee.
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Nas is Better July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 falls short of it. The album itself is mediocre, and I feel is very overrated by die-hard Jay fans who can't accept the fact that he fell off long before this album(see Blue Print Vol. 2), and that the days of Reasonable Doubt are long over. For starters, the album can't really seem to focus on one sound(which some people may enjoy), which leaves you asking "what just happened?,is this rap, or pop?" which such songs as "Change Clothes" which sounds almost identical to "Frontin" which was released not even a year before this, and "My 1st Song" which showcases one of the WORST flows ive heard in a long time.I also have some questions for Jay, such as why he felt that he had to ruin the whole idea of "The Black Album," which was supposed to mean no hype around it, just a release date, no singles, and no music videos, and i would also llike to know why he completely stole the beat "Stay Real" by Blackmoon and giving credit to Just Blaze for making it on "Public Service Announcement" which made me remember why Jay is so WHACK now and how rap has truly gone pop and Jay can be credited for helping with that.Or why he wouldn't use the 5+ DJ Premier beats that were made for him, but in any case, if you are a Jay-Z fan, by all means pick up this album, and while your there pick up a Chingy and J-Kwon album too, beacuse really its all the same now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jay-Z's most accessible album...
The production on this album is unbelievable! Go get it! Easily in the top 50 hip hop albums of all time!
Published 5 months ago by Anirban
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Jay-z
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Nicolas Auclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
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 more
Published on Aug. 8 2011 by Jimbo Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Really 4.5 Stars...
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 more
Published on July 15 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
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. 14 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 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 16 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 16 2004 by Black Ginger
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