The Black Album

For his 44th birthday, it seems Jay Z wanted to stir the pot of controversy for Hip-Hop heads to debate over.

Last week marked 10 years since Jay Z’s The Black Album released. What was thought to be the legend’s final opus had an undoubted impact on Hip-Hop, and is the subject of a tribute piece by Revolt TV that connects with a list of noteworthy collaborators.

Of the many noteworthy moments on Jay Z’s The Black Album, song 10, bka “Public Service Announcement,” is perhaps the most timeless. Revolt TV recently caught up with the song’s producer, Just Blaze, to discuss how he created the Rock-inspired beat.

Jay Z’s The Black Album celebrated its tenth anniversary of its inital release today (November 14). The album was supposed to cement the “best rapper alive’s” legacy as he bowed out into the sunset. Obviously that didn’t happen yet it still made its mark on the rap world as we know it.

Today (November 14) marks the 10th anniversary of what was thought to be Jay Z‘s final LP, The Black Album. Years following, the project’s influence on the culture was apparent and the Brooklyn MC’s rhymes remained highly quoted to boot.

Just 10 days shy of The Black Album‘s 10 year anniversary, Pharrell sat with Life + Time to discuss his contributions to what was thought to be Jay Z’s closing opus.

Ordinarily the “Decoded” series on Life + Times features MCs breaking down the meanings to some of their favorite bars. Instead, the latest edition veers to the production side of things, this time featuring beatsmith and college professor, 9th Wonder, recalling his work on “Threat” from Jay-Z’s The Black Album a decade ago.

It’s normal for artists to cover tracks as a homage to admirable peers, but some song choices remain quirkier than others. Take this footage from a recent Courtney Love concert during Utah’s Sundance Film Festival for instance. In front of a jam packed venue, Love performed a rendition of Jay-Z‘s 2003 track “99 Problems” to much […]