The Black Album (album) by Jay-Z

The Black Album
The Black Album by Jay-Z (2003)
Overall rank: 970th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 379 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2003 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (163rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (970th)
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Jay-Z bestography

The Black Album is ranked 3rd best out of 16 albums by Jay-Z on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Jay-Z is The Blueprint which is ranked number 516 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,705.

Jay-Z album bestography « Higher ranked (672nd) This album (970th) Lower ranked (2,301st) »
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The Black Album track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 379 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 5% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 75.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 76.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 19.9.

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The Black Album comments

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70/100
From antaiospiano 12/27/2019 08:42
He might die any second now guys, and then we'll see... but until then let's talk shit about him. Y'know, that's the type of shit in rap that makes me think: if he's being real, he's an asshole, but if he isn't, he isn't being real. His obnoxiousness being misunderstood for confidence is a result of innocent salesmen insulting themselves because of what they internalized, and tame citizens who believe their boasting and comically admire it; I never listened rap for anything else than the fun of it, never really believed in or liked the badassery of some of them. Like Kid Cudi put it: evil is what you make it. And ironically this album I would rather describe as pop, because of the production that enlists the greatest producers to date that pretty much steal the show on any track. The acapella version that can be found on Spotify is needed to make you realize that the rapping is good too actually. And again, that's what Jay-Z is: just okay. Can't go wrong, can't ever be slightly surprising.
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From 07/17/2017 16:25
This might be one of the greatest rap albums of all time! Jay has incredible flow here with amazing production!
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80/100
From Amirkhosro 10/20/2016 19:18
Classic. Makes for a wonderful introduction to hip hop.
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70/100
From souplipton 06/10/2016 04:56
The Black Album represents Jay-Z's career peak in my opinion. Supposed to be his final album, it would have made for an incredible farewell for one of rap's biggest stars. Production is consistently amazing, with beats by Kanye West, Just Blaze, Timbaland, The Neptunes, and others, and they are complimented by incredible verses. "December 4th", "99 Problems", and particularly "Public Service Announcement" are highlights on an album filled with gems. A classic from Jay-Z at the top of his game.
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75/100
From corenfro 05/15/2016 23:18
Jay's best record. Sort of a concept album as it explores stores from his past and childhood.
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From Coconut 02/20/2016 13:28
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From MCOTho 07/10/2013 03:09
My favorite Jay-Z album. This album doesn't have great lyrical content (it's good though) but it's not great just because of Jay-Z. There were over 10 producers who collaborated to make this masterpiece. Names like; Kanye, Just Blaze, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, and more.
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80/100
From junodog4 08/05/2012 21:50
HyperBully has it right. This is one of three critical Jay-Z albums, but none are as strong as Illmatic or 36 Chambers. However, Jay Z has such quantity of work, he rises to the top of the heap.
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90/100
From alexfields 07/16/2012 19:27
All jokes aside about this being his first album after he "retired," I think this is my favorite Jay-Z album.
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90/100
From Hayden 11/25/2011 22:56
I think this is my favourite by Jay-Z. The beats are up to standard, and the hooks are great. Good album, full of big singles. 99 Problems has really fun, quality lyrics on it. I wish he'd stop making crap, and just release more stuff like this & Blueprint. 80/100
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