- Summary: Forget retirement. The legendary rapper and Def Jam head has resurfaced after a three-year hiatus, with an album that finds him joined by some of the biggest names in hip-hop (Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West) and alt-rock (Coldplay's Chris Martin).
- Record Label: Roc-A-Fella
- Genre(s): Rap
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People who hate the venality and misogyny of modern mainstream rap will find this a particularly joyless experience, but this unwavering and energising disc at least has the courage of its convictions and makes the immediate competition look like the mealy mouthed twats they are.
BlenderHe never quite rises to this lofty occasion, and without anything to prove other than that he can come back whenever he pleases, he reverts to gloating. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.81]
MusicLoverOct 21, 2007Jay-Z definitely gets a little more experimental on this album. He's got those casino-type beats & a cool collaboration with Chris Jay-Z definitely gets a little more experimental on this album. He's got those casino-type beats & a cool collaboration with Chris Martin. Lyrically, he ranges from topics like Hurricane Katrina & his nephew to Hollywood & getting older. This album really brings Jay-Z back into the game after his "retirement". I don't know if American Gangster will be this good, but I hope so.… Expand
TiffanyCNov 29, 2006I bet it takes alot of energy to be a hater!
J-MANMay 4, 2007Rap album of the year! Not the Black Album, but definitely tighter than ANYTHING else ANYONE else is doing in hip hop. Great Album.
ZackDNov 22, 2006It isn't Reasonable Doubt or Blueprint but who really expected that anyway. What it is though is a good CD especially given today's It isn't Reasonable Doubt or Blueprint but who really expected that anyway. What it is though is a good CD especially given today's current state of Hip Hop. The four Dr.Dre produced tracks are highlights. Dre and Hova? For that alone it's worth the $10.… Collapse
NelsonPDec 23, 2006Nas' Hip Hop is Dead got delayed for this??? Please.........
TantoIDec 22, 2006You know how Chris Rock said he used debate who was better, Prince or Michael Jackson...well the same debate could be made as to who the best You know how Chris Rock said he used debate who was better, Prince or Michael Jackson...well the same debate could be made as to who the best emcee is, Nas or Jay-z. Looks like Nas takes the "comeback" round.… Expand
johnbJan 3, 2007purely sucked the toe jam from between my toes. i cant believe how bad he got. i never liked him that much but i did respect his music, but purely sucked the toe jam from between my toes. i cant believe how bad he got. i never liked him that much but i did respect his music, but now the whole package is missing.… Expand
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