The Black Album

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Release date
31 Oct 2006
Running length
14 tracks
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1 Interlude (Jay-Z/The Black Album) (A Cappella (Explicit)) 1:18 82
2 December 4th (A Cappella (Explicit)) 3:16 61
3 What More Can I Say (A Cappella (Explicit)) 4:24 41
4 Encore (A Cappella (Explicit)) 3:31 52
5 Change Clothes (A Cappella (Explicit)) 4:02 42
6 Dirt Off Your Shoulder (A Cappella (Explicit)) 3:46 45
7 Threat (A Cappella (Explicit)) 4:08 23
8 Moment Of Clarity (A Cappella (Explicit)) 3:55 28
9 99 Problems (A Cappella (Explicit)) 3:50 53
10 Public Service Announcement (Interlude) (A Cappella (Explicit)) 2:52 41
11 Justify My Thug (A Cappella (Explicit)) 3:47 26
12 Lucifer (A Cappella (Explicit)) 3:13 37
13 Allure (A Cappella (Explicit)) 4:50 23
14 My 1st Song (A Cappella (Explicit)) 4:26 32

About this album

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.

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  • meninoestranho

    Segundo melhor álbum do Beiçola.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nemzoz

    Real Shit.

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • supatanman420

    10 years

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Mirrors_2020

    mastrepiece, period. [3] I remember bumping this record in the car with my Mother, aww the memories. :)

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Rubvo

    great album this is.

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • g_junior

    My favorite so far.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • roemilca111

    some of my favorite beats are on here.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • saarHipHop

    This genius album helped me open up to other rap records. Jay-Z is the best rapper alive.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • LucasSlim

    american gangster and kingdom come are underrated as fuck

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • MunsuLight

    Everything post Black album has been shit...[2] But this album, Reasonable Doubt and Blueprint 1 are all almost classic hip-hip album besides the filler on these albums

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Overrated but still a brilliant album

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Lejton

    My favorite album.

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Everything post Black album has been shit... people are stupid.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • G0dL0vesUgly

    Kingdom Come and American Gangster IMO are dope

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • theAntipopNL

    Still Jay's best album. Actually everything post-Black Album has been shit, kinda like Metallica.[3]

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Hanni178

    his best along with reasonable doubt

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    I remember buying this back in 2003... damn I was 13. Still Jay's best album. Actually everything post-Black Album has been shit, kinda like Metallica.

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • L1Productions

    WON OF MY FAVORITE ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ThyDevourer

    Why are people comparing this to eminem? Don't get me wrong, eminem in my opinion is still great, but why the comparison in the first place?

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ThyDevourer

    mastrepiece, period. [2]

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
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