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The Black Album ~ Jay-Z
The Black Album ~ Jay-Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Classic, Nov. 14 2003
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… Read more