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  • Summary: The 13th full-length solo studio release for the rapper was produced by No I.D. and features guest appearances from Beyoncé, daughter Blue Ivy, Gloria Carter (his mother), Damian Marley, Frank Ocean and The-Dream. It was a one week exclusive for Sprint customers and Tidal subscribers beforeThe 13th full-length solo studio release for the rapper was produced by No I.D. and features guest appearances from Beyoncé, daughter Blue Ivy, Gloria Carter (his mother), Damian Marley, Frank Ocean and The-Dream. It was a one week exclusive for Sprint customers and Tidal subscribers before a physical CD release (July 7) was announced that includes three bonus tracks (which features a guest appearance from James Blake). Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 30, 2017
    100
    With a rare display of vulnerability and contrition, grace and grown-up wisdom, Jay Z has delivered one of the most mature albums in hip hop history.
  2. Jul 11, 2017
    90
    It’s reality music, and while obviously tailored around the life and times of Shawn Carter, offers so many narratives that the common man can relate to in astounding measures.
  3. Jul 6, 2017
    88
    There are several JAY-Z albums that are superior in terms of musical creativity, but never has the man behind the Roc chain been more prolific in thought. It’s catharsis on steroids, walking the tightrope between FYI and TMI.
  4. 80
    These heartfelt, confessional apologies are delivered via Jay’s most concise, straightforward album in years. 10 tracks and 36 minutes long, this is a filler-free return to form after 2013’s patchy and bloated ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’.
  5. Jul 6, 2017
    80
    4:44 nonetheless is an unglamorous set well suited for solitary and reflective late-night listening. There are no radio play bids. Jay-Z has been in this mode at various points, but never in such concentrated, enlightened form, whether the subject is his mistakes as a husband, the struggles of his long-closeted lesbian mother, the effects of enduring systemic racism, or the assertion of his supremacy.
  6. Jul 5, 2017
    80
    4:44 is a refreshing, full-circle moment for hip-hop lovers--and a true pleasure to hear.
  7. Jul 2, 2017
    54
    JAY-Z tries to invigorate his musical career by connecting with himself for other people's sake. In total, it sounds like what it is, a business leader for whom the personal proves troublingly difficult to connect with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 62
  2. Negative: 4 out of 62
  1. Jul 12, 2017
    10
    this is the best album that i've ever heard in my entire. Jay-Z has delivered an fantastic, insanely banging on all levels album from start to finish.
  2. Jun 30, 2017
    10
    this is the best album that i've ever heard in my entire. Jay-Z has delivered an fantastic, insanely banging on all levels album from start to finish.
  3. Jun 30, 2017
    10
    Hov consolidates himself as the greatest rapper of all time in this album. He speaks truth and his flow is still incredible. I would haveHov consolidates himself as the greatest rapper of all time in this album. He speaks truth and his flow is still incredible. I would have liked a longer album but it's better having only 10 tracks if all of them are great. Expand
  4. Jun 17, 2018
    9
    An album that Jay Z can talk about what he wants to talk. He perfectly articulates the ideas he would like to talk about.

    The production of
    An album that Jay Z can talk about what he wants to talk. He perfectly articulates the ideas he would like to talk about.

    The production of every tracks by No ID is perfect. Great samples are combined with great beats.
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  5. Jul 1, 2017
    8
    In his most personal album yet, Jay Z proves that he has still got it after all these years. He brings up a lot of personal problems over someIn his most personal album yet, Jay Z proves that he has still got it after all these years. He brings up a lot of personal problems over some incredible beats. No I.D really killed it Expand
  6. Jun 30, 2017
    7
    I'm going to ignore the fact JAY's only made this album available on Tidal and Sprint (even though it's a crappy move), and focus on the albumI'm going to ignore the fact JAY's only made this album available on Tidal and Sprint (even though it's a crappy move), and focus on the album itself. With the entirety of it being produced by No I.D., one of JAY's oldest producers, he goes back to "The Blueprint"/"The Black Album" sound, although sometimes doesn't manage to do it justice. The opening track serves as JAY's tragic overview of his relationship with Kanye West. While the album does slow down a bit after that, with some tracks that feel unfinished, like "Caught Their Eyes" which does feature a nice feature from Frank Ocean, it does improve a lot in it's second half. The title track features some of JAY's most emotionally-honest lyrics on the whole album, "Family Feud" flows with a beat built on a luscious soul sample, and "Legacy" presents us with his more introspective and contemplative side for a satisfying closer. While other people might enjoy "4:44" more than i did, i can't deny that he has given us a short but sweet project that stands above his last album.
    Favourites: "Smile", "4:44", "Family Feud", "Marcy Me", "Legacy"
    Least Favourites: "The Story of O.J.", "Moonlight"
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  7. Oct 6, 2017
    0
    Album bem ruim amores, nao é nada do que estavamos esperando, nao chega aos pes dos melhores albuns da atualizade, infelizmente o jay z naoAlbum bem ruim amores, nao é nada do que estavamos esperando, nao chega aos pes dos melhores albuns da atualizade, infelizmente o jay z nao tem mais talento; Expand

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