The Black Album [Explicit Lyrics]

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The Black Album, Jay-Z's tenth and final solo disc, features tracks by Pharrell and Dr. Dre. Cross promotional tie-ins to the disc include the simultaneous release of Jay-Z's S. Carter sneaker in black and The Black Book, an intimate view into the rapper's private life.
All Music Guide - John Bush
If The Black Album is Jay-Z's last, as he publicly stated it will be, it illustrates an artist going out in top form. For years Shawn Carter has been the best rapper and the most popular, a man who can strut the player lifestyle with one track and become the eloquent hip-hop everyman with the next, an artist for whom modesty is often a sin, and yet, one ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
The Black Album, Jay-Z's tenth and final solo disc, features tracks by Pharrell and Dr. Dre. Cross promotional tie-ins to the disc include the simultaneous release of Jay-Z's S. Carter sneaker in black and The Black Book, an intimate view into the rapper's private life.
All Music Guide - John Bush
If The Black Album is Jay-Z's last, as he publicly stated it will be, it illustrates an artist going out in top form. For years Shawn Carter has been the best rapper and the most popular, a man who can strut the player lifestyle with one track and become the eloquent hip-hop everyman with the next, an artist for whom modesty is often a sin, and yet, one who still sounds sincere when he's discussing his humble origins or his recurring doubts. After the immediate classic The Blueprint found him at the peak of his powers, and The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse came as the most deflating sequel since Star Wars: Episode I, his follow-up and possible siren song impresses on the same level as the best of his career. As he has in the past, Jay-Z balances the boasting with extensive meditations on his life and his career. The back history begins with the first song, "December 4" his birthday, on which Carter traces his life from birth day to present day, riding a mock fanfare and the heart-tugging strings of producer Just Blaze, along with frequent remembrances from his mother in This Is Your Life fashion. The other top track, "What More Can I Say," opens with Russell Crowe's defiant "Are you not entertained!?" speech from Gladiator, then finds Jay-Z capping his career with another proof that he's one of the best of all time, and a look into what made him that way: "God forgive me for my brash delivery, but I remember vividly what these streets did to me." He also goes out with a few words for underground fans who think he's sold too many records for his own good. On "Moment of Clarity," he lays it out with an excellent rhyme: "If skills sold, truth be told, I'd probably be lyrically Talib Kweli/Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense/But I did five mil, I ain't been rhyming like Common since." The first single, "Change Clothes," is much more interesting than the lightweight club hit it sounds like, a keyboard-heavy pop sequel to the Neptunes' "Frontin'" the anthem that rocked the summer of 2003, and his last collaboration with professional beat-maker and amateurish falsetto Pharrell Williams. And he can rock with the best as well, working with Rick Rubin on a cowbell-heavy stormer named "99 Problems" that samples Billy Squier and outrocks Kid Rock. The only issue that's puzzling about The Black Album is why one of the best rappers needs to say goodbye -- unless, of course, he's simply afraid of being taken for granted and wants listeners to imagine a rap world without him.
Rolling Stone - Touré
Given one last chance to make an impact, Jay-Z has come up with one of the better albums of his career.
Vibe
1/2 If the most definitive part of his legacy will be the end, then The Black Album gives you Jay-Z at all his stages. The masterful, lyrical content leaves no question as to how Jay feels he should be remembered. The Editors
Blender - Jonah Weiner
This is Jay-Z's suicide note and his glowing eulogy rolled into one.
Daily News - Jim Farber
The clarity of the words stands out most. Eschewing the style's common jargon and nonsense rhymes, Jay's raps have the specificity of the music's earliest orators.

Given one last chance to make an impact, Jay-Z has come up with one of the better albums of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498611210
  • Catalog Number: 000152802
  • Sales rank: 23,514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Interlude (1:21)
  2. 2 December 4th (4:33)
  3. 3 What More Can I Say (4:55)
  4. 4 Encore (4:10)
  5. 5 Change Clothes (4:18)
  6. 6 Dirt Off Your Shoulder (4:05)
  7. 7 Threat (4:06)
  8. 8 A Moment of Clarity (4:24)
  9. 9 99 Problems (3:54)
  10. 10 Interlude (2:53)
  11. 11 Justify My Thug (4:04)
  12. 12 Lucifer (3:12)
  13. 13 Allure (4:52)
  14. 14 My 1st Song (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay-Z Primary Artist
Luis Resto Keyboards
Sharlotte Gibson Vocals
Kanye West Vocals
Leon Harris Vocals
Vincent "Hum V" Bostic Vocals
Cedric The Entertainer Vocals
Danee Doty Vocals
Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway Bass
Don Crawley Vocals
John Legend Vocals
Steve King Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
R. Kelly Composer
T.D. Bell Composer
DJ Quik Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Felix Pappalardi Composer
Luis Resto Composer, Producer
R. Rubin Composer
Rick Rubin Producer
Robert Sims Art Direction
L. Michael Smith Composer
P. Williams Composer
Jay-Z Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Timbaland Producer
Joseph Weinberger Producer
Damon Dash Executive Producer
Shawn Carter Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Eminem Producer
Tim Mosley Composer
The Neptunes Producer
Kanye West Composer, Producer
Chad Hugo Composer
J.K. Simmons Composer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke Executive Producer
Just Blaze Producer
D. Blake Composer
E. Powell Composer
Gimel Keaton Engineer
Marshall Mathers Composer
J Smith Composer
Michael Strange Jr. Engineer
Demacio Castellon Engineer
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Jason Lader Programming
Amber Noble Marketing
9th Wonder Producer
Aqua Producer
Shari Bryant Marketing
Buchannans Producer
David Brown Engineer
Steve King Composer, Engineer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

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    wow good music

    wow good music

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    this album rocks

    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a classic

    jay-z, best rapper alive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Speechless

    This Is one Of the Most critically Acclaimed Album Of The Decade...He Couldn't Have left on a better Note..Masterpiece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    slaying them dead

    this album was trully jays best.he could have done better but trully touched the best of us.there is a song on this album that will touch u no matter who u are rocker-clarity,rapper-all,gangstas-99 problems and 1st song.there is something for every one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    99 problems and this album is 1

    this album is garbage c'mon change clothes jigga you should change flows ok dirt off ur shoulder was good but that dont make an album jigga-man ur wack period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jay-Z Goes Out As Good As When He Came In

    I'm sad to see Jay go out but if he has to, this is the way to go. Every song has me bopping my head. This is the culmination of Jay-Z's glorious career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jay-The Great

    Jay-Z has returned with a hit album under his shoulders. Although he is retiring he still has what it takes to make a comeback. This is one of Jay-Z's best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best album out by Jigga since "The Blueprint"

    Jay-Z has really stepped up his game for his last LP "The Black Album." It's really a must-have for HOVA fans out there with hot joints like "Change Clothes", "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", and "99 Problems." My favorite songs on the album honestly to say are "What More Can I Say", "Lucifer" (produced by Kanye West), and "Allure" (produced by The Neptunes). Since this is HOV's last one, this should be part of your CD collection, and may it be one you'll never wanna let go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Album

    the greatest CD ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Album

    I love this cd it has great songs like 99problems,dirt off your shoulders and more this is what i am looking for

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    if anyone is lookin for a hot track this is it baby Jigga has done it again he is best rapper alive just sad my boy had to leave

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    been there done that

    I think the Black album is the the bomb album that Mr. Hova has made and produce. My sons love all his album but this one is truely the best one and if it's his last one then he just left his mark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOD Mc Jay- Hovia

    The best whoever did it and the best whoever lived it. How dare anybody question who's the best between Jay and Nas. Look at the carreer. Check the numbers, better yet, listen to the albums. I wish it didnt have to end like this, but why not go out wit the whole rap world on you back. He's tired of caring everybody around. He's tired of the haters. But the album is the best. From start to finish. WHO CAN TOP THAT. To end this review " treat my first like my last and my last like my first and my first like the first song I sang" - Jay-Z a.k.a. Shawn Carter a.k.a. Hovia a.k.a big homie a.k.a iceburge slim a.k.a THE fUC*in best EVER!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kanye West is the best producer

    Jay-Z is going out on top of his game. Kanye West will take over the ROC now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD Ever!!!!!!

    When you buy a Cd you usually have at least one or two songs on the Cd you don't like. Not on this Cd. Every song I can listen to, which is a very good thing. This is one of the best Cd's since Justin Timberlake's "Justified" came out. I encourage Everyone to go buy this Cd immediately

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bottom Up

    Jay Z did his thing with this cd! I'm a lifelong fan. Jay Z ended his rap career on top and that's the best way to do it. The songs are hot and the intro with his mother is different. This is the BEST cd of 2003!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME

    NO DISRESPECT TO BIGGIE OR TUPAC, BUT I BELIEVE JAY Z IS THE GREATEST RAPPER... TEN ALBUMS ALL HITS.. VERY HUMBLE. IF YOU LOOKING FOR A ROLE MODEL IN THE RAP INDUSTRY, JAY Z IS THE MAN...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Album leaves competitors black & blue

    to say he has done it again is become such a norm for this phenominal artist. well balanced album that will certainly (if it is his last) be a brilliant sending off. well you will certainly be kept entertained from the intro till the last beat stops. make sure you got your player on repeat!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hova

    this cd is crazy, tight beats tight rymes this is a must buy for everyone if you dont got it, its like not havin a throwback if your name was fabolous

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