The Black Album (studio album) by Jay-Z

The Black Album by Jay-Z
Year: 2003
Overall rank: 964th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 422 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2003 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (154th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (964th)
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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 520 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,617.

Jay-Z album bestography « Higher ranked (772nd) This album (964th) Lower ranked (2,093rd) »
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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 422 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.2/100, a mean average of 74.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 19.2.

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From 01/25/2021 16:19
Um dos maiores clássicos do Jay-Z, produção de luxo.
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From 12/25/2020 22:07
I dont like it.
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95/100
From 12/09/2020 16:27
The most polished Jay-Z album, every track is amazing
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80/100
From 11/27/2020 16:32
This is the Jay-Z album I find the most compelling.
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80/100
From 01/27/2020 17:06
Had the album for a few years but only really started to listen to it again in May 18 and it has some excellent and witty, observational commentary as well as some thumping tunes. Excellent album with half of the tunes all rated great by me and the remainder are good. Highlights include December 4th; Change Clothes & Justify My Thug.
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70/100
From 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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From 10/20/2016 19:18
Classic. Makes for a wonderful introduction to hip hop.
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75/100
From 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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From 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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