Today in Hip-Hop History: Saturday, November 14th, 2015
The Black Album
Today marks the thirteen year anniversary of Jay-Z‘s eighth studio album, The Black Album. Jay’s album was a massive score among critics and sold 463,000 copies its first week, debuting as number one on Billboard 200. Three notable singles, “Change Clothes,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “99 Problems,” were primers to help cement a legacy of what we know Jay-Z to be today. Although the album went on to lose to Kanye West‘s Graduation during the 47th Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, it proved to score as #349 on Billboard’s top 500 of all time, and with rhymes like:
“If skills sold truth be told
I’d probably be lyrically Talib Kweli
Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense (But I did five Mil)
I ain’t been rhyming like Common since”
it’s apparent how The Black Album reached such heights.
When it came to production, the list that was made was proven to be opulent beyond measure. With producers like DJ Quik, Just Blaze, Kanye West, and Timbaland, and features like Eminem and Pharell, the quality and value behind The Black Album is glaringly apparent. Jay-Z’s release made such a sharp impact, that it’s received platinum in Canada and the UK, and triple platinum in the United States, topping off at 3,516,000 sales by 2013. A historic and legendary piece of stone now set into the foundations of hip-hop, if you haven’t given The Black Album a listen yet, feel free to check a piece of history out below.