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  • Summary: The hugely successful Brooklyn rapper worked with an A-list of producers (including Just Blaze, Kanye West, Aqua, Eminem, Rick Rubin and The Neptunes) on what he has stated will be the final release of his career. (Sure it will.)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    A magnificent record. [Jan 2004, p.104]
  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. The Black Album stands up alongside Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint as Z's most ambitious work.
  4. While it probably won't be remembered as his best album, The Black Album is his most personal to date and features some of his most compelling writing.
  5. Excellent, although not quite the epoch-defining triumph its hype suggested it might be. [Jan 2004, p.108]
  6. Impresses on the same level as the best of his career.
  7. For all the dark wordplay, the album is an aural equivalent of that old American favourite, the schmaltzy biopic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 55
  2. Negative: 2 out of 55
  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. Collapse
  2. BabyTae
    Mar 10, 2004
    10
    This is the tightest album that has eva came out and whoeva think different fuck ya'll.
  3. asdfasdf
    Nov 19, 2003
    10
    just as good as reasonable doubt
  4. zack
    Aug 4, 2004
    10
    i like the cd the best
  5. **JayDee**
    Dec 25, 2003
    9
    This album really reveals Jay's life a little bit more to us. He got alot of things off his chest in this album and every track was This album really reveals Jay's life a little bit more to us. He got alot of things off his chest in this album and every track was above average in quality. I really enjoyed listening to the Black album and there is no doubt in my mind that Jay-Z is one of the best MC's to ever grace the hip-hop industry. Expand
  6. Gill
    Apr 21, 2007
    9
    Not his best album but still pretty damn amazing. Considering where he is in his career.
  7. TonyG
    Nov 24, 2003
    0
    The "whack" Album.

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