The Black Album

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

Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 8 out of 178

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  1. MikeyM
    Dec 14, 2003
    5
    Half the songs are good half are bad it basically a half ass way to go out.
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84

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Vibe
    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.