American Gangster

Release date
6 Nov 2007
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
2 Pray 4:24 59,622
3 American Dreamin' 4:48 59,530
4 Hello Brooklyn 2.0 3:56 14,967
5 No Hook 3:14 63,269
8 I Know 3:42 163,012
9 Party Life 4:30 50,053
10 Ignorant Sh*t 3:41 6,059
11 Say Hello 5:27 55,715
13 Fallin' 4:01 42,608
14 Blue Magic 4:09 51,067
15 American Gangster 3:37 45,707

About this album

American Gangster is the tenth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on November 6, 2007 in the United States via the record labels Island Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella. American Gangster is Jay-Z’s first concept album, which was inspired by the film of the same name. The album features production from Diddy & The Hitmen, Just Blaze, and The Neptunes, among others. Guest appearances include Beanie Sigel, Lil Wayne, and Nas. Jay-Z released a cappella version of the album on his birthday, December 4, 2007.

Music critics praised American Gangster, and noted that Jay-Z was trying more “complex lyrics”. The album was released to significant commercial success, despite being pulled from the iTunes Store, selling 425,861 copies in its first week and debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, tying Elvis Presley for the second most number one albums. The Rolling Stone magazine named American Gangster the third best album of 2007.

Two singles have been released from American Gangster. The first, “Blue Magic”, was released on September 20, 2007, peaking at 55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, 31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and 17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. The track’s name is a reference to the kind of heroin that Frank Lucas sold in the movie American Gangster, the CD even came in a package similar to the one the heroin came in. The second single, “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…” was released on October 10, 2007, and reached 63 on the U.S.

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  • eric_montana

    Diddy gave Jay his secret stash of Biggie beats for this

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ImbissBrunto

    @ DickBigems : agreed, this may be Jay's best album production-wise! The soul samples complement the lyrics so well.

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DickBigems

    lol I didn't say it was better than Reasonable Doubt.

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • DickBigems

    What a great album this is, Jay-Z and Diddy did a real great job of picking the samples and beats used on here. It very much feels like a hustler in the 1970's and Jay-Z delivered the concept wonderfully in his lyrics almost to the point where it sounds like he's rehashing to the days of Reasonable Doubt. It parallels to film well too.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Definitely one of his best - been saying this for ages...

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • alex0409

    One of my faves...

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk

    @supatanman420 why underrated?

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • PeReC95

    Terrible album

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • supatanman420

    this album is so underrated

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Aaroneepap

    idk, I always liked this album a lot. Even when it came out I was telling people this album is actually good but no one believed me. Like, the whole way through it's good.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • aleeshax

    Love it too much.

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk

    one of the best releases ever

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JohnLithium

    MUCH better than his previous album.

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • inkmaths


    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • mo250789

    This is a great album. Infact, this is his best since his so called retirement. Production is flawless with it's usage of live instrumentation and Jay's in on top form lyrically throughout .

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    i see why this is so acclaimed, but not for me really. good lyrics but as songs they're pretty subpar.

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • JcA92

    lyrically only Reasonable Doubt is better.

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • jay516

    I did not really care for this album when it first came out, but it has grown on me.

    26 Mar 2010 Reply
  • chenetlarose

    Went out and purchased this the very day it came out.....this is one of my all time favorite albums to date

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
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