349 A different kind of Black Album

Not The Black Album I was expecting. That album is coming later. I checked.

For the longest time I was just taking this album by album, not really planning any of it out. That made it difficult to actually plan for 4-disc boxed sets or whatever. I finally started, at least, planning out each month of listening. Last week, I actually scrolled through the entire list to see what to expect. There’s nothing terribly surprising on the list, and only one band I’m truly dreading. I wasn’t even worried when I saw that Jay-Z was coming. I had already listened to and didn’t hate Kayne West, so no reason to fear Jay-Z.

This particular Black Album by Jay-Z was is eighth and, supposedly, last album (released in 2003). He “retired” shortly after promoting the album. But, retirement was short lived and Jay-Z resumed recording in 2006. The album received widespread acclaim from critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, but lost to Kanye West.

I don’t really know how to describe my dislike of this album. I thought that, just maybe, it would be like the Kanye album. I would be nicely surprised to find music that I had heard before. Maybe songs that I knew but didn’t know it was Jay-Z. Sadly, that was not the case. I can’t say that I enjoyed anything about this album. I recognize his talent but I’m not a fan of it.

Roc-A-Fella Records, 2003

Roc-A-Fella Records, 2003