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Jay-Z - The Black Album (17 Years Later)

Jay-Z originated the fake retirement move with the release of this album. 17 years later, this album seems to attempt a transition from a hustler to a more conscious version. On Moment of Clarity, he raps about how much he wants to rap like Talib Kweli, which feels weird today. Some argue that this is to avoid having to share the image of being a gangster rapper with 50 Cent, who was larger than life in 2003.

Anyways, I think that this album has its highlights in Lucifer (prod. by Kanye West) and PSA (prod. by Just Blaze), where he relies on his The Blueprint producers.

A weak point for me is the first single, Change Clothes (prod. by Pharrell), which is really meh. Ranking this album in Jay-Z's discography, I'd say it's his 5th best album.

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