Friday Hip Hop: No Hook by Jay-Z

Now that he’s had as many number 1 albums as Elvis, people are finally beginning to recognize the kid of cultural force that Jay-Z represents. You can argue whether he’s the MC that deserves all this attention, but it’s pretty clear to me that American Gangster is his best album in years. It might be the best thing he’s released since his very first album, Reasonable Doubt. "No Hook" is one of the best tracks on this album.

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Better than The Blueprint?

I like The Blueprint a whole lot, but I’d definitely rank it after Reasonable Doubt, and probably also after The Black Album. I think AG is better than Blueprint and Black.

Ever listened to The Gray Album? It’s easily in his top 3, even though Danger Mouse remixed it, etc.

I’ve listened to The Grey Album almost as many times as I’ve listened to The Black Album. Inevitably, I ended up comparing the tracks from each and trying to decide which I like better. For some (e.g. What More Can I Say, My 1st Single, December 4th) it goes back and forth. For others (e.g. 99 Problems (Black Album), Allure (Black Album)) there’s a clear favorite.
Overall I think I prefer the original, but Danger Mouse is certainly a talented producer, and I’ve quite enjoyed many of his other projects.

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