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A semi-concept album inspired by the movie "American Gangster" (not the movie soundtrack). Sticker front states "Conceptual Body Of Genius Work." "Intro", "No Hook", "Success" and "Blue Magic" contain excerpts from "American Gangster" courtesy of Universal Studios. - Track 2 "Pray" contains a sample from "New Earth" by Hank Marvin/5(26).
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Born: December 4, , Brooklyn, New York Husband of Beyoncé and father of Blue Ivy Carter. Owner of Tidal (3). Brought up in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects, Jay-Z got his break in the music business in the late '80s when a fellow Marcy resident, The Jaz (later Big Jaz), got a record deal and had Jay-Z guest on a few tracks. When The Jaz's deal came to an end, Jay-Z reverted to .
The album is painted in washed-out grays and dark blues, drained of hooks and informed by the loss and soulful sway of soaring horns and rattling bongos. This is nostalgia as blood lust, gangster rap as social commentary, and Jay wears his politics on his sleeve throughout, aiming at Imus on "Ignorant Sh*t" and licking shots at Reagan on "Blue.
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.
Jay-Z. Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, ), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In , Forbes estimated Carter's net worth at nearly $ million.
Nov 06, · Editors’ Notes Following a false retirement (The Black Album) and a rocky return (Kingdom Come), American Gangster posed the question: How can an artist defined by struggle still make his music feel urgent after the struggle is over? At times, the pose here—hard, hustling—felt like a return to Jay's iconic debut, Reasonable Doubt, a survey of the .