Today in Hip Hop History: November 6, 2007
Today in Hip Hop History, Jay Z released his tenth studio album, American Gangster. This album, which was inspired by the movie “American Gangster”, was a follow up for Hov after dropping his comeback album Kingdom Come. For this album, Hov wanted speak on memories of his that he felt like he had not spoken about in a while, particularly his early life in the Brooklyn projects, while at the same time staying relevant to the film that inspired the project in the first place. Production on this album helped to keep it relevant to its overall theme with help from notable producers like No I.D., Just Blaze, P Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, Bigg D, and Idris Elba (who plays the character Tango in the film).
This album is 15 tracks long but the features list is kept very short. Features on this project come from Lil Wayne on the track “Hello Brooklyn 2.0,” Pharell on the track “I Know” (which was the leading single to promote the album), Beanie Sigel on “Ignorant Shit,” and Nas on “Success.” The last track brought a lot of joy to their respective fan bases due to a resolution of their long and famous rap beef. Unfortunately, the tour for this project was short, sweet, and to the point, as Hov only held 5 shows within the span of a week which sold out in seconds. Its been 9 years since its release, but its affect on the rap game is timeless. Listen to Jay Z’s album American Gangster below!