Jay-Z's The Black Album

We recommend you check out Alain’s pick episode for The Black Album before reading and listening to our reviews below.

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall?

Review of Jay-Z: The Black Album

In November, Alain chose the Black Album by Jay-Z as the album we would be reviewing. This 2003 classic  was hyped up to be Jay-Z’s mic-drop. A magnum opus. His final release before he sailed off into the sunset. As history has shown, Jay-Z did not retire. But was this album worthy of his swan-song? Was this a worthy farewell to the rap game? And how does it sound now, over 20 years later in an era of mumble rap, trap beats, and blending of styles? Find out the answer to these questions and more as we reveal our thoughts and opinions on this one. Spoiler alert: We didn’t all agree!

Overall Scores

Influenced our tastes: 2.75
Would we recommend: 4
Overall: 4

Our Individual Review Scores

Scott G

Influence: 2
Recommend: 4
Overall: 4


Influence: 5
Recommend: 5
Overall: 5


Influence: 2
Recommend: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

Scott C

Influence: 2
Recommend: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

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