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The Black AlbumJay-Z - The Black Album.pngStudio album by Jay-ZReleasedNovember 14, 2003RecordedJuly – October 2003Studio
  • Baseline Studios (New York, New York)
  • The Hit Factory (Miami, Florida)
  • The Mansion (Los Angeles, California)
  • 54 Sound Studios (Detroit, Michigan)
GenreHip hopLength55:32Label
  • Roc-A-Fella
  • Def Jam
  • Shawn Carter (also exec.)
  • Damon Dash (exec.)
  • Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.)
  • 3H
  • 9th Wonder
  • Aqua
  • The Buchanans
  • Eminem
  • DJ Quik
  • Just Blaze
  • Kanye West
  • Luis Resto
  • The Neptunes
  • Rick Rubin
  • Timbaland
Jay-Z chronology Blueprint 2.1
(2003) The Black Album
(2003) Unfinished Business
(2004) Singles from The Black Album "Change Clothes"
Released: November 4, 2003 "Dirt off Your Shoulder"
Released: March 2, 2004 "99 Problems"
Released: April 27, 2004

The Black Album is the eighth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released on November 14, 2003, by Roc-A-Fella Records. It was advertised as his final album before retiring, which is also a recurring theme throughout the songs,[1] although Jay-Z resumed his recording career in 2006. For the album, Jay-Z wanted to enlist a different producer for each song, working with Just Blaze, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Eminem, DJ Quik, Timbaland, 9th Wonder and Rick Rubin, among others.

The album received widespread acclaim from critics. In its first week, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 463,000 copies in the United States. It became Jay-Z's top selling record of the 2000s decade, and by July 2013, it had sold 3,516,000 copies in the US. The Black Album was promoted with a retirement tour by Jay-Z and three singles that also achieved Billboard chart success, including the top-ten hits "Change Clothes" and "Dirt off Your Shoulder".

Marketing and sales

Jay-Z had announced that The Black Album would be his final record and went on a retirement tour after its release.[2] When it was released, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 463,000 copies in its first week.[3] According to Billboard, it became Jay-Z's top selling record of the 2000s and the 136th highest selling record of the decade in the United States.[4] By July 2013, the album had sold 3,516,000 copies in the US.[5]

Three singles were released from the album and appeared on the Billboard charts. "Change Clothes" and "Dirt off Your Shoulder" both reached the top 10 of the Hot 100, while "99 Problems" peaked at number 30.[6]

Critical reception

Professional ratingsAggregate scoresSourceRatingMetacritic84/100[7]Review scoresSourceRatingAllMusic4.5/5 stars[8]Entertainment WeeklyB+[9]The Guardian2/5 stars[10]Mojo5/5 stars[11]MSN Music (Expert Witness)A[12]NME8/10[13]Pitchfork8.0/10[14]Q4/5 stars[15]Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]USA Today4/4 stars[16]

The Black Album was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 84, based on 19 reviews.[7] AllMusic's John Bush claimed Jay-Z was retiring at his peak with the album.[8] Vibe magazine said it was remarkable as an apotheosis of his genuinely thoughtful songwriting and lyrics "delivered with transcendent skill",[17] while Steve Jones from USA Today said even with "top-shelf work" from elite producers, the album was elevated by Jay-Z's uniquely deft and diverse rapping style.[16] Writing for The A.V. Club, Nathan Rabin felt Jay-Z returned to "brevity and consistency" on an album that demonstrated his lyrical abilities and, more importantly, hip hop's best producers.[18] Jon Caramanica wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) that The Black Album was both "old-school and utterly modern", showcasing Jay-Z "at the top of his game, able to reinvent himself as a rap classicist at the right time, as if to cement his place in hip-hop's legacy for generations to come".[19]

Some reviewers were less enthusiastic. In Rolling Stone, Toure determined that The Black Album was slightly inferior to Jay-Z's best records, namely Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001).[1] Dave Simpson from The Guardian was more critical, dismissing the music as "an aural equivalent of that old American favourite, the schmaltzy biopic."[10] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave the record a back-handed compliment: "[Jay-Z] raps like a legend in his own time—namely, Elvis in Vegas".[20] Nonetheless, he was impressed by the stretch of songs from "Encore" to "Justify My Thug" and wrote in a retrospective review for MSN Music that "the fanfares, ovations, maternal reminiscences, and vamp-till-ready shout-outs were overblown at best", but they have come to sound "prophetic" because of the entrepreneurial success and fame Jay-Z continued to achieve after The Black Album. "He's got a right to celebrate his autobiography in rhyme because he's on track to become a personage who dwarfs any mere rapper," Christgau wrote in 2011, "and not only can he hire the best help dark green can buy, he can make it sing."[12]

In 2005, The Black Album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album,[21] losing to Kanye West's The College Dropout at the 47th Grammy Awards.[22] It was also ranked number 349 in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[23] Pitchfork ranked The Black Album at number 90 on its decade-end list of the top 200 albums from the 2000s,[24] while Slant Magazine ranked it seventh best on a similar list.[25] In 2012, Complex named it one of the "classic" records of the previous decade.[26]

Track listing

All song samples, writing and production credits are according to the album booklet.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length1."Interlude" Just Blaze1:222."December 4th"
  • Carter
  • Justin Smith
  • Walter Boyd
  • Elijah Powell
Just Blaze4:323."What More Can I Say"
  • Carter
  • Andre Gonzalez
  • Simon Johnson
  • Thom Bell
  • Kenneth Gamble
  • Roland Chambers
The Buchanans4:554."Encore"
  • Carter
  • Kanye West
Kanye West4:115."Change Clothes"
  • Carter
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Chad Hugo
The Neptunes4:186."Dirt off Your Shoulder"
  • Carter
  • Timothy Mosley
  • Carter
  • Patrick Douthit
  • Robert Kelly
  • 9th Wonder
  • Jay-Z
4:058."Moment of Clarity"
  • Carter
  • Marshall Mathers
  • Luis Resto
  • Steve King
  • Eminem
  • Luis Resto[a]
4:249."99 Problems"
  • Carter
  • Rick Rubin
  • Norman Landsberg
  • Felix Pappalardi
  • John Ventura
  • Leslie Weinstein
  • William Squier
  • Tracy Marrow
  • Alphonso Henderson
Rick Rubin3:5510."Public Service Announcement (Interlude)"
  • Carter
  • Smith
  • Raymond Levin
Just Blaze2:5311."Justify My Thug"
  • Carter
  • David Blake
  • Darryl McDaniels
  • Joseph Simmons
  • Larry Smith
  • Ingrid Chavez
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Madonna Ciccone
DJ Quik4:0512."Lucifer"
  • Carter
  • Kanye West
  • Hugh Perry
  • Armend Cobi
  • Maxie Smith
Kanye West3:1213."Allure"
  • Carter
  • Williams
  • Hugo
The Neptunes4:5214."My 1st Song"
  • Carter
  • Nicholas McCarrell
  • Germain de La Fuente
  • Aqua
  • Joe "3H" Weinberger

Track notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • "What More Can I Say" features additional vocals by Vincent 'Hum V' Bostic
  • "Encore" features additional vocals by John Legend, Don Crawley, Leonard Harris and Kanye West
  • "Change Clothes" features additional vocals by Pharrell Williams
  • "Threat" features additional vocals by Cedric the Entertainer
  • "Justify My Thug" features additional vocals by Sharlotte Gibson
  • "Lucifer" features additional vocals by Kanye West

Sample credits

  • "December 4th" contains a sample of "That's How Long" written by Walter Boyd and Elijah Powell Jr., and performed by The Chi-Lites.
  • "What More Can I Say" contains samples of "Something for Nothing" written by Thom Bell, Kenneth Gamble and Roland Chambers, and performed by MFSB, and "Keep Your Hands High" written by Tracey Lee and Christopher Wallace, and performed by Tracey Lee featuring The Notorious B.I.G..
  • "Encore" contains elements of "I Will" performed by John Holt.
  • "Threat" contains a sample from "A Woman's Threat" written and performed by R. Kelly.
  • "99 Problems" contains samples of "Long Red" written by Norman Landsberg, Felix Pappalardi, John Ventura and Leslie Weinstein, and performed by Mountain, "Get Me Back on Time, Engine Number 9" performed by Wilson Pickett, "The Big Beat" written and performed by Billy Squier, elements of "99 Problems" written by Tracy Marrow and Alphonso Henderson, and performed by Ice-T, interpolations of "Touched" written by Chad Butler and Bernard Freeman, and performed by UGK, and portions of "Children's Story" written and performed by Slick Rick.
  • "Public Service Announcement (Interlude)" contains a portion of "No One Can Do It Better" written by Tracy Curry and Andre Young, and performed by The D.O.C., and a sample of "Seed of Love" written by Raymond Levin, and performed by Little Boy Blues.
  • "Justify My Thug" contains portions of "Rock Around the Clock" written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, and performed by Bill Haley & His Comets, samples of "Rock Box" written by Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons and Larry Smith, and performed by Run-DMC, and an interpolation of "Justify My Love", written by Madonna Ciccone, Ingrid Chavez and Lenny Kravitz, and performed by Madonna.
  • "Lucifer" contains a sample of "Chase the Devil" written by Hugh Perry and Maxie Smith, and performed by Max Romeo.
  • "My 1st Song" contains a sample of "Tu y Tu Mirar...Yo y Mi Cancion" written by Germain de La Fuente, and performed by Los Angeles Negros, and a vocal portion of The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1996 interview for MTV.


Adapted from AllMusic.[27]

  • Aqua – producer
  • Marcella Araica – assistant
  • Vincent "Hum V" Bostic – vocals
  • David Brown – engineer, mixing assistant
  • Shari Bryant – marketing
  • Buchannans – producer
  • Kareem "Biggs" Burke – executive producer
  • Shawn Carter – executive producer, liner notes, primary artist, producer
  • Demacio Castellon – engineer
  • Cedric The Entertainer – guest artist, vocals
  • Don Crawley – vocals
  • Damon Dash – executive producer
  • Tony Dawsey – mastering
  • DJ Quik – mixing, producer
  • Danee Doty – vocals
  • Jimmy Douglas – mixing
  • Eminem – mixing, producer
  • Sharlotte Gibson – vocals
  • Walik Goshorn – photography
  • Leon Harris – vocals
  • Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway – bass
  • Ken "Duro" Ifill – mixing
  • Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua – A&R
  • Just Blaze – producer
  • Gimel Keaton – engineer, mixing
  • Steve King – bass, engineer, guitar, mixing
  • Jason Lader – programming
  • Darcell Lawrence – A&R
  • John Legend – vocals
  • Jonathan Mannion – photography
  • Rob Mitchell – A&R
  • The Neptunes – producer
  • 9th Wonder – producer
  • Amber Noble – marketing
  • Felix Pappalardi –
  • Luis Resto – keyboards, producer
  • Rick Rubin – mixing, producer
  • Lenny Santiago – A&R, photography
  • Andrew Scheps – engineer, mixing
  • Robert Sims – art direction, design
  • Chris Steflene – assistant engineer
  • Michael Strange Jr. – engineer
  • Darrell Thorp – mixing
  • Timbaland – producer
  • Richard Travali – mixing
  • Joseph Weinberger – producer
  • Eric Weissman – sample clearance
  • Kanye West – producer, vocals


Weekly charts

Chart (2003-2004) Peak
position Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[28] 97 Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[29] 66 French Albums (SNEP)[30] 66 German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[31] 47 Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[32] 18 Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 41 Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 29 UK Albums (OCC)[35] 34 US Billboard 200[36] 1 US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[37] 1 US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[38] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2004) Position US Billboard 200[39] 11


Region Certification Certified units/sales Canada (Music Canada)[40] Platinum 100,000^ United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Platinum 300,000^ United States (RIAA)[42] 3? Platinum 3,516,000[5]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

  • Danger Mouse – The Grey Album (2004)
  • List of number-one albums of 2003 (U.S.)
  • List of number-one R&B albums of 2003 (U.S.)


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Jason Bourne

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I Got 99 Problems, but a bitch aint' one

Shaolin Monk

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Red Lady

Red Lady

...Я не понимаю его музыку, но вот песня 8. Moment Of Clarity мне очень понравилась! Советую скачать. smile

Black Angel76

Black Angel76

Я альбом слушала,и не один раз wink Альбом хорош.Хоть у меня в голове и крутится 99 Problems-Ice-T,когда я слушаю 99 Problems Джея,но мне несмотря на очевидную схожесть нравится эта песня Джея.В его интерпритации она звучит иначе.Мне очень нравится(но у Ice-T все же больше smile ).Encore,Threat и Dirt Off Your Shoulder -вот еще 3 любимые песни с этого альбома. Мне также очень понравилось как получилось совместить песни Numb-Encore у Jay-Z & Linkin Park.Неожиданно все так гармонично получилось.
Альбому 10 wink

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Insane MC

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сдаёся ощющение что одному-двум понравился трек 99 Problems, и другие те кто альбом и вовсе не слушали, написали : "99 Problems - лудший трек", а нихрена, текст может и хороший, но с творческой точки зрения малость бездарно
Альбом шикарный, порадовал Губач, лудший трек - Threat, на мой взгляд



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The Black Album by JAY-Z

Jay-Z’s eighth studio album was released on November 14, 2003. Hov and Roc-A-Fella Records promoted it as his finale where he would fade in black. Retirement is a recurring theme throughout the songs; and since this was supposed to be Jigga’s last album for each song he used a different flow and rhyme pattern, showcasing his technical ability and perfection he achieved at something, which he later would dedicate a song to.

Hov originally had the idea for The Black Album in 1998, and he wanted close friend DJ Premier to produce all of the tracks. It never eventuated, but he revisited the concept for his 2003 retirement album and wanted to enlist a different producer for each track. In the end Hov ended up with 10 different producers across the 14 tracks. Dr. Dre and DJ Premier were originally supposed to be on that list, but didn’t end up making the cut. A young up-and-comer named Kanye West produced two tracks for the album—“Lucifer” and “Encore.”

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 463,000 copies in its first week. It has since been certified triple Platinum with sales of over 3.5 million. Roc-A-Fella Records would produce the Fade to Black documentary surrounding the recording of the album and Hov’s retirement tour.

TBA received positive feedback by the critics:
Pitchfork – 8/10
Rolling Stone – 4/5
Metacritic – 84/100 overall critics score, 87/100 overall user score

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