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2007 album from the rapper-turned-business mogul. American Gangster is Jay-Z's tenth studio release. A semi-concept album inspired by Ridley Scott's film of the same name, it sees Jay-Z chronicle his time as a street hustler. It is a return to a grittier street sound than his predecessor Kingdom Come. . Comparisons are being made to his debut album Reasonable Doubt and with good reason. The lead single 'Blue Magic', produced by none other than Pharrell Williams, is an '80s-feeling ode taking its hook from En Vogue's 'Hold On'. Also on board for the record are esteemed producers P.Diddy and Just Blaze, and there is another stunning collaboration with Nas, aptly entitled 'Success'.

An unofficial musical companion to the film of the same name (dir. Ridley Scott), American Gangster traces the rise and fall of a self-made American man. Sound tired? Perhaps, but a dozen albums into his career, Jay-Z can be forgiven his occasional dabbling in shopworn archetypes. A panoramic, cinematic work in four acts, American Gangster bulges with instrumental melodrama. Take "American Dreamin'": despite the Diddy-produced track's sultry, shifty beat, a pile of whining strings and tinkling piano flourishes all but completely suppresses the rhythmic interplay between the vocals and drums. Again and again, Jay-Z's otherwise compelling raps fall prey to a similarly overwrought studio aesthetic. (In this, the album resembles many a Ridley Scott film.) There are exceptions: Bigg D's "Hello Brooklyn 2.0" and the Neptunes' "I Know" and lead single "Blue Magic" are unqualified bangers, and Jermaine Dupri's "Success" (featuring Nas) flaunts a relentless organ lick with 'round-the-way mojo to spare, but the album's overriding sonic melodrama is all Diddy. Still, no one steals Jay-Z's thunder easily. Having long since joined the top ranks of the hip-hop elite, Jay-Z can (and does) ultimately weather the best efforts of another major-league ego and still come out on top. --Jason Kirk

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  1. Intro (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Idris Elba and JAY-Z 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Pray (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. American Dreamin' (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Hello Brooklyn 2.0 (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Lil Wayne] [Explicit]Jay-Z 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. No Hook (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)... (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Sweet (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 3:26Album Only
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  9. Party Life (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Ignorant Sh*t (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Beanie Sigel] [Explicit]Jay-Z 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Say Hello (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Success (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Nas] [Explicit]Jay-Z 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Fallin' (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Blue Magic (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. American Gangster (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Jay-Z 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • ASIN: B000WCDI6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Josephll on November 5, 2007
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Jay-Z is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Back in the 90's he dropped classic after classic but then he decided to retire after The Black Album although he was never really gone but he didn't release a new albums til last year when he decided to return from the hiatus with Kingdom Come. The album got lukewarm response and while the production wasn't bad it wasn't the right album to comeback with dealing with anything from his hollywood friends, to how 30 is the new 20 and the redundant strip club anthem with Pharell and Usher. It was obvious that Sean Carter wanted to be #1 but not for any price. The album was commercial but not too interesting. Being the richest man in Hip Hop it looked like he had completely forgot about his roots but desperatlely wanted to hang on to his crown. One year after that the news came about Jay-Z dropping another album. Being the president for Def Jam, holding clothing lines, owning the 40/40 club and co-owning the New York Nets he doesn't need to release another album cause the majority of his income comes from elsewhere and being closer to 40 then 30 he belongs to the seniors of rappers, so why another album?. But Jay-Z is doing it for the love of the game and he's proving it more then ever with this release.

"American Gangster" as this album is called is a conceptual album based on the Denzel Washington film with the same name. It's about the drug dealer Frank Lucas in the early 70's. And that itself works well cause Jay-Z was one himself and his classic debut album "Reasonable Doubt" portraited his early life before success with Hip Hop.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Akash VINE VOICE on November 5, 2007
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He partied for a while, now he's back to the block.

This was creative, genius even. Jay-Z puts out an album, Kingdom Come, that isn't well-received by his traditional constituents. Their problem? Jay-Z has gone "soft," he's rapping about his wealth, his opulent lifestyle rather than spitting the obligatory lyrics about the dope game and the corner, muses that simply aren't part of his life anymore. How can he reconcile being true to himself with giving the streets what they want? Create an entirely new genre: The hip-hop concept album. Sort of a portal through which an artist can exist in an alternate reality. In one brilliant move Jay-Z neutralized his prior detractors and avoided accusations that he's drawing on a culture he's no longer a part of. After all, American Gangster isn't about Jay-Z, or is it?

Make no mistake, musically this isn't Black Album 2. American Gangster is clearly a compromise between the lyrics that the fans demand and the music that Jay appreciates. Gone are the hard-hitting beats of Dirt off Your Shoulder and Lucifer, replaced by an ensemble of horns and strings. In fact, half the tracks wouldn't seem out of place on a Kanye West album. Pray and Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...) clearly demonstrate the trend. The effect is slightly startling but not unwelcome. Akin to Kingdom Come, the beats of American Gangster show a maturity, a refinement that's not in the Black Album. Which is most appropriate is up for debate.

The lyrics however, are vintage Jay. He hits especially hard on No Hook (Hustle' 'cane, hustle clothes or hustle music/ But hustle hard in any hustle that you pick) and Pray (Treat shame with shamelessness/ Aim stainlesses at _____ , You know the game this is/ Move coke like Pepsi, Don't matter what the brand name is).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rodnick Darden on November 6, 2007
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Jay-Z must feel like the Michael Corleone of the game. Everytime he thinks he's out, he just gets pulled back in. He retires (moreso takes time off) and couldn't put the mic down. His fans called for him to make that return. Then, he makes a mature album as Kingdom Come was, and some people can't catch on to it. Streets start to say he has lost touch with the hood and some say that he has slipped up lyrically. Well world (mostly to the haters and naysayers), you wanted him and you got him. Shawn Carter has returned in hustler-form and shows that he is as sharp lyrically as ever before. Inspired by the new flick out by the same title, Jay comes with his tenth (and quite possibly one of his best) solo album in American Gangster.

The feel of this album is like a mix of Jay's two greatest albums to date, Reasonable Doubt and the Blueprint. His lyrics are moreso in the mold of his debut album in which discusses the life he lived as a dealer and all the angles you have to deal with when it comes to that, similar what the film showed with Frank Lucas. You can get the highest of highs with all the material items you can acquire, access to places you couldn't have dreamed of, and the money that can roll in. But he exposes you also to the negative side that comes with it to give you the whole picture in that life. People that you get hooked, people that hate on your ascension in the life you create for yourself, along with the cops/feds and people trying to pull you down. There were times in which Jay kind of talked about it in double ways with his life back then and now in his music career, which was brilliant because no matter what way you go in life, you come across those emotions (at least with the hating on success and people trying to bring you down).
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