Never understood the universal praise for this one. Really just a basic mafioso record of the 90s. I honestly enjoy It Was Written more than this, and get seriously confused when people compare this to Illmatic.
Just listened to the whole thing. Very chill. I don't usually like music that's too chill but from what I could pick up on a first playthrough of the album, the lyrics will keep me coming back. I don't know if this is my favorite Jay-Z album but I like songs from a lot of them throughout his career.