• Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2003
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 150

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  1. FuckJay-Z
    Jan 19, 2004
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    Worst fuckin cd i have ever heard.Bad way to go out.What ever happened to the old Jay-Z. His voice just bothers me now.
  2. TonyG
    Nov 24, 2003
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    The "whack" Album.
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. 90
    It's monumental because it's a culmination of Jigga's natural thoughtfulness delivered with transcendent skill. [Jan 2004, p.120]
  2. There are better storytellers, there are better battle rappers, there are undoubtedly rhymers with more on their minds. But there isn't a better MC around, if you're talking about the art of sheer mic domination.
  3. Even in falling short of Jay's classics, Reasonable Doubt and 2001's The Blueprint, it manages to eclipse 1999's brilliant Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter as his third-best album-- which in itself still makes it one of the year's best.