|1. Hova Song (intro)|
|2. So Ghetto - Jay-Z|
|3. Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)|
|4. Dope Man - Jay-Z|
|5. Things That U Do (featuring Mariah Carey)|
|6. It's Hot (Some Like It Hot) - Jay-Z|
|7. Snoopy Track (featuring Juvenile)|
|8. S. Carter (featuring Amil)|
|9. Pop 4 Roc (featuring Beanie Sigel/Memphis Bleek/Amil)|
|10. Watch Me (featuring Dr. Dre)|
|11. Big Pimpin' (featuring UGK)|
|12. There's Been A Murder - Jay-Z|
|13. Come And Get Me - Jay-Z|
|14. NYMP - Jay-Z|
|15. Hova Song (outro)|
Album Highlights: So Ghetto, Do It Again, Dopeman, Watch Me, So Hot(Some Like It Hot), Big Pimpin, There's Been A Murder, and NYMP. The other songs, especially the song with WACK Juvenile, Pop 4 Roc, Girl's Best Friend, Things That U Do, and S.Carter should have been thrown in the recycle bin.
Production: Thumbs SLIGHTLY up. D.J. Premier and Timbaland come through, Swizz tracks was NOT the best beat in the world, possibly his worst, and Irv Gotti and Lil Rob's track on "Watch Me" sounds like a Dr.Dre track. Nothing to write home about here.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs in the middle, although lyrically, he shines on So Ghetto, Do It Again, Dopeman, and So Hot.
Originality: Thumbs in the middle, leaning towards down. Nothing groundbreaking or fresh from Jigga here. Just the standard formula of going with what works.
The Last Word: Not a classic by any means, but it was a good step for Jay-Z after dropping the unbalanced Hard Knock Life. It could've been better, but you take what you can get. Overall, a good album, but I wouldn't recommend you going out of your way to get this release.
The album starts off with a solid intro called "Hova Song". Jay's flow is just perfect on this track and he also gets more arrogant than he's ever been. It's good to see he has lots of confidence in his skills. The next track is "So Ghetto" produced by the legendary DJ Premier. This track is just raw and amazing. It is the 2nd best on the entire album. Then it proceeds into the track "Do it Again" which is a club banger. I have nothing against club songs as long as the lyrics and flow are on point and Jay's flow is on point for this song. On the next track "Dope Man", Jay creates a scenario where he is going to trial for all the things he's doing in the industry. This entire song is a metaphor (if you listen closely) and is one of the best concepts Jay has ever come up with. This is the best song on this album too.
Four great tracks in a row. You'd think this was going to be one of Jay's best albums right? WRONG. This is where the album takes a nosedive in quality. The next song with Mariah Carey called "Things You Do" is just weak. The beat is weak, and even the diva Mariah Carey herself can't save this track. Thankfully the next song "It's Hot" is great. This is one of the most rugged beats Timbaland has ever produced. This is the song where Jay-Z takes 50 Cent out with one line. The rest of the track is just Jay talking about random things and it sounds like he's just displaying his lyrical abilities. The beat will keep you interested. "Snoopy Track" with Juvenile is another weak song with weak production and an annoying hook. What was Jay thinking? Now this next track "S. Carter" is quite possibly one of the worst songs Jay-Z has ever made (only "I Know What Girls Like" on Vol. 1 was worse). You don't even want to hear that song. "Pop 4 Roc" with Bleek and Beans is better than the previous few songs but it's still not up to Jay's quality level. "Watch Me" is decent, not great. I know you've all heard "Big Pimpin'". It was a good party song. Things pick up again with "There's Been a Murder" where Jay raps that "back to Shawn Carter the hustler, Jay-Z is dead". It's pure fire. "Come and Get Me" is another good song. "NYMP" is great and shows Jay rapping about more mature topics. His "pop rap" fans may not be keen on this one. The "Hova Song" outro contains the 2000 club banger "Jigga My N***a" and "Girls Best Friend".
Overall this album was decent. The album is kind of uneven. It starts off great and then suffers a huge dip in quality, then picks back up near the end. If you've heard Reasonable Doubt and Vol. 1 BEFORE you heard this album then you'd know why I don't say this album is great. Jay raised the bar with those albums but this one isn't nearly as good. I'm not hating on Jay either, in fact he is my favorite mc ever. Jay-Z's younger fans and female fans would probably say this is one of his best but to the more mature fans he has and those who have been a fan since his early days, this one just doesn't do it.