Jay-Z - The Black Album

Double Album 2LP Vinyl Records in Gatefold Sleeve

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The Black Album is the eighth studio album by American rapper Jay Z, released in November 2003 via Roc-A-Fella Records.

It was advertised as his final album before retiring, which is also a recurring theme throughout the songs, 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, Timbaland, 9th Wonder and Rick Rubin, among others.

When The Black Album was released, it received widespread acclaim from critics. 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, which signifies "universal acclaim". AllMusic's John Bush claimed Jay-Z was retiring at his peak with the album. Vibe magazine said it was remarkable as an apotheosis of his genuinely thoughtful songwriting and lyrics "delivered with transcendent skill".

In 2005, The Black Album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, losing to Kanye West's The College Dropout at the 47th Grammy Awards. It was also ranked number 349 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork ranked The Black Album at number 90 on its decade-end list of the top 200 albums from the 2000s.

In its first week, the album 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 album also reached #34 on the UK Albums charts.

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.

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Change Clothes, Dirt Off Your Shoulder and 99 Problems.

This is a double album 2LP set on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in the US.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

A1

Interlude

 

A2

December 4th

 

A3

What More Can I Say

 

A4

Encore

 

B1

Change Clothes

 

B2       

Dirt Off Your Shoulder              

        

B3

Threat

 

B4

Moment Of Clarity

 

C1

99 Problems

 

C2

Interlude

 

C3

Justify My Thug

 

D1

Lucifer

 

D2

Allure

 

D3

My 1st Song

 

SKU 602498611234
Record Label Roc-A-Fella Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number B0001528-01
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 24 August 2004
Original Release Date (Year) 14 November 2003
Barcode # 602498611234
Shipping Weight 0.4950kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Hip Hop
Format VINYL LP

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