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Jay-Z's back, doing what he does best: talking about his own riches, the drug game and past hustles...
Of course, what allows Jigga to keep getting away with this, where others fail, is that he is a supreme writer, hence his verses are always engaging. 'I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)' - the first release from the album, using Biggie's 'The World Is Filled' - is a superb effort, as he expresses what he is: "a hustler baby". There's also his excellent collaboration with Scarface and Beanie Siegel on 'This Can't Be Life', surely a future single release.
Jigga has always been known as one of the smartest cats in the game. Just figure: most of his tracks feature at least one guest, so he rarely writes more than one verse, and he enlists the help of different production teams [eight on this album, while he only executive produces] to provide the musical canvas. Minimal effort, maximum results. Jay-Z is at the top of his game, and while he, perhaps, has yet to push his talents as a songwriter to its full potential to produce his opus, his albums continue to be tight and shift millions of copies. Now how many rappers can claim that after five albums?
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Delving into the murk and noise of their past, the Boston veterans’ second post-reunion album is a superlative indie rock collection
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