After releasing the CLASSIC Reasonable Doubt in 96, heads wondered if Jay-Z could take his first album. Sadly, he COULDN'T, but, with this album, even with all of the criticism that came(too pop), Jigga STILL managed to drop a classic album, an excellent follow up to Reasonable Doubt. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: The entire album, EXCEPT I Know What Girls Like and Sunshine. Feel free to skip those songs.
Production: Thumbs up, he basically had the same people on this album that he had on Reasonable Doubt.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up.
Originality: Thumbs up.
The Last Word: Jay-Z proved the doubters wrong on this album. It's NOT better than his first one, but it's ONE EXCELLENT album from him. If those two aforementioned songs weren't included on this album, this would be an automatic five stars. But, it only gets four. Overall, a strong recommendation for Jay-Z fans.