Jay-Z
The Black Album


4.5
superb

Review

by thecreative0ne USER (50 Reviews)
October 7th, 2012 | 21 replies | 1,370 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best Jay-Z albums ever made.

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

Critical Responses:
Allmusic: 4.5/5
Robert Christagu: A
Entertainment Weekly: B+
Los Angeles Times: 3/4
NME: 8/10
Rapreviews.com: 9/10
Rolling Stone: 4/5
Vibe: 4.5/5

At the point of this album, Jay-Z had became an icon in the hip hop industry, you had to be living under a rock to not know who he is. Whether you love or hate Jay-Z, you can't deny his influence, his impact on the hip hop community and you can't deny his lyrical prowess. Around the time of this album, Jay-Z speculated retiring after this album, but of course he didn't. He has also launched the career of an MC, that is quite popular, that likes to start controversy, and has interrupted a pop/country singer, I'll just leave finding out who that is to you. He has also has an impressive discography, that has had barely any bad albums. This album was on the Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of all time list, at 349th, being the 20th hip hop album on there. Now for the track by track review.

1. Interlude: Just an interlude, so I can't rate it.

2. December 4th: A classic song, that has Jay-Z talking about his past. One of the best Jay-Z songs ever, with excellent production provided by Just Blaze. 5/5

3. What More Can I Say: A classic song. 5/5

4. Encore: A classic song, with excellent production from Kanye West. 5/5

5. Change Clothes: A great song, that features Pharrell on the chorus, doing a good job. This is one of the most popular Jay-Z songs. 4/5

6. Dirt Off Your Shoulder: A classic song, that features excellent production provided by Timbaland. 5/5

7. Threat: A classic song. 5/5

8. Moment Of Clarity: A classic song. This song has been sampled in the songs, "Ghetto Show" by Talib Kweli, "In This World" by Reflection Eternal, and other songs. 5/5

9. 99 Problems: A classic song, that is one of the most popular, and one of the best Jay-Z songs ever. This song samples the songs, "99 Problems" by Ice-T, "Touched" by UGK, "Childrens Story" by Slick Rick, and other songs. 5/5

10. Public Service Announcement: A classic song, that features excellent production from Just Blaze. One of the best Jay-Z songs ever. This song samples the song "No One Can Do It Better" by The D.O.C, and other songs. 5/5

11. Justify My Thug: An average song, that has DJ Quik on the turntables, who is disappointing on this song. This song has been sampled in the song "Rock Box" by Run-DMC and other songs. 3/5

12. Lucifer: A classic song, that features excellent production from Kanye West. One of the best Jay-Z songs ever. 5/5

13. Allure: A classic song that features excellent production from The Neptunes. 5/5

14. My 1st Song: A classic song, an excellent way to end the album, and one of the best Jay-Z songs ever. 5/5

Overall I give this album, 9/10, 4.5/5, 96/100, and my grade for it is an "A".

3 Best Songs:
1. Public Service Announcement
2. My 1st Song
3. December 4th

3 Weakest Songs:
1. Justify My Thug
2. Change Clothes
3. Allure



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameisSlimShady
October 7th 2012



113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tried to think of the rapper you were talking about but couldn't think of any. Is it Kanye by any chance? I usually think of him as a producer first, and a rapper second. Also, nooooooooooooooooo a track by track. Burn it before it lays eggs!!!!!!!!!!!

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ViperAces
October 7th 2012



12382 Comments


Still better thna Metallica [Somone had to]

Ethics
October 7th 2012



4112 Comments


"Now for the track by track review."

lol

PistolPete
October 7th 2012



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

5/5: "A classic song..."

3/5: "An average song..."

Thanks, would not have known how to translate a song with those descriptions into a numerical rating.

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2012



3406 Comments


Does this guy pay attention to comments at all?

PistolPete
October 7th 2012



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Overall I give this album, 9/10, 4.5/5, and my grade for it is an "A".

9/10 x 0.5/0.5 = 4.5/5, which is equivalent to an "A" on a general number-to-letter grade scale used widely at educational institutions across the country.

I just...I can't even...*passes out*

YoYoMancuso
October 7th 2012



10994 Comments


stop writing.

breakingthefragile
October 7th 2012



2954 Comments


Keep goin champ. Don't listen to da h8, beeleave in ur dream and reach 4 da stars, thecreative0ne 4 staff 2012.

YoYoMancuso
October 7th 2012



10994 Comments


haha i knew Alex would share his thoughts eventually

breakingthefragile
October 7th 2012



2954 Comments


Dude of course I would, I wouldn't miss another classic review.

"Around the time of this album, Jay-Z speculated retiring after this album, but of course he didn't."

Oh my god, this sentence was so fucking good I think it gave me cancer.

Youtellme
October 7th 2012



1351 Comments


"Approval: 8%"

breakingthefragile
October 7th 2012



2954 Comments


Yup, 25 reviews with an 8% approval rating. That seriously has to be some kind of record right?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2012



3406 Comments


What would be really funny is if his next review were a really well-written review about some underground hip-hop and we find out that he was a staff member (like Sobhi) just trolling us extensively

GiaNXGX
October 7th 2012



4867 Comments


^Exactly.

GiaNXGX
October 7th 2012



4867 Comments


Keep on keeping on, and please review Kool Keith man :] it would be pretty cool.

PistolPete
October 7th 2012



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's what i found, pretty hit-or-miss

tommygun
October 8th 2012



24131 Comments


wtf

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ChuckyTruant
October 8th 2012



15707 Comments


possibly worst review ever

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ChuckyTruant
October 8th 2012



15707 Comments


"Album Rating: 4

encore and 99 problems are good, not fond of this album though"


what

DutchDevotee
October 8th 2012



37 Comments


TheBrostepGuy wrote: 'Does this guy pay attention to comments at all?'

Yeah, he does. He now limits himself to one review per day.




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