Jay-Z - The Black Album
NME.COM feature on Jay-Z - The Black Album album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 02 March 2010
Jay-Z's 'last ever' album sees him make a return to form, but is it really the Jigga's final curtain?
And now, the end is near. The jigga faces the final curtain. 'The Black Album' is Jay-Z 's ninth album in seven years and, if we're to believe this elegant hip-hop institution, the last one he'll ever make. "Pound for pound I'm the best that ever come around," he claims on 'What More Can I Say?' And, while the rap world is necessarily full of...
- Nov 22, 2003
Tracklisting click track to read more
- December 4th (Album Version (Explicit))
- What More Can I Say (Album Version (Explicit))
- Encore (Album Version (Explicit))
- Change Clothes (Album Version (Explicit))
- Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Album Version (Explicit))
- Threat (Album Version (Explicit))
- Moment Of Clarity (Album Version (Explicit))
- 99 Problems (Album Version (Explicit))
- Interlude (Album Version (Explicit))
- Justify My Thug (Album Version (Explicit))
- Lucifer (Album Version (Explicit))
- Allure (Album Version (Explicit))
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Jay-Z - The Black Album: Wikipedia Album Entry
The Black Album is a 2003 hip hop album by rapper Jay-Z. It was promoted as his final studio album, although Jay-Z subsequently announced a return to solo recording in 2006. The album was very well received by critics and was also a commercial success, debuting at #1 with about 463,000 sold in its first week and more than 3.5 million to date. The black disc is accompanied by a black-covered set of liner notes and a black jewel case.
The album features a guest appearance by Pharrell Williams (in "Change Clothes"), and Jay-Z's mother, who speaks about his childhood in different portions of "December 4th". An a cappella-only version of The Black Album featuring these performances was also released.
In early interviews, Jay-Z said that the album would be a return to his Reasonable Doubt sound (responding to criticism from some fans that his subsequent efforts were too commercial) and that it would be "for the streets", with no promotion or singles however, "Change Clothes" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" were both successful singles.
He also claimed that the album would have a different producer for each track, and early magazine advertisements listed a series of numbers (representing tracks) and a producer for each number. The final album did feature a variety in producers, although Roc-A-Fella producers Kanye West and Just Blaze produced two tracks each, in addition to the two produced by frequent Jay-Z collaborators The Neptunes. Longtime collaborators DJ Premier and Dr. Dre did not produce any tracks. 9th Wonder saw a boost in popularity after producing "Threat" for the album. (Jay-Z is credited as the second producer on the track for finding the R. Kelly sample that was included in the beat.)
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