The Black Album

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2003
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. For all the dark wordplay, the album is an aural equivalent of that old American favourite, the schmaltzy biopic.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    10
    This album is amazing. This is still my favorite rap album to date and is one of the best I've ever heard. Jay Z was trying to retire with aThis album is amazing. This is still my favorite rap album to date and is one of the best I've ever heard. Jay Z was trying to retire with a bang and he did just that. This is Jay Z's best album. The production was amazing, the lyrics were on point and we heard every jay Z. Classic and new. Full Review »
  2. Aug 2, 2016
    8
    Jay Z's masterpiece and arguably the best hip hop album of the first decade of the 21st century. Mixing razor sharp lyrics with an armory ofJay Z's masterpiece and arguably the best hip hop album of the first decade of the 21st century. Mixing razor sharp lyrics with an armory of top class tunes to back things up, this is one of those records that transcends genres and I would think has an appeal to music lovers in general, regardless of preference. While hip hop can sometimes date badly due to either production or lyrical content too focused on the immediate present, pretty much all of The Black Album sounds fresh and vibrant today. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", "Moment of Clarity" and "Lucifer" are all instant classics of the genre. Then of course we have the culturally and hugely socially significant track "99 Problems". While we're on this particular track, check out Danger Mouse's remix with The Beatles "Helter Skelter" - equally as good as either of the original songs. Brave and brilliant, pushing the boundaries while being universally appealing, I've yet to come across a better or more enjoyable album from this genre. Full Review »
  3. Feb 17, 2016
    9
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