November 14th, 2003.  That was the date where the music industry thought they were saying their final goodbyes to Jay-Z the rapper (Because at this point the was the head of Def Jam and Roc-a-fella Records).  The Black Album was scheduled by Jay-Z to be his last album.

As a farewell album, Hov wanted to take a slightly different approach.  So in turn, he decided to use a different producer for every song on the album.  If you’re not too savvy in music that’s a very daunting task because the great albums in history have a cohesiveness to it due to production by one producer.  Having a different producer for every record is risky and it could sound like just a mashup, but of course with the genius of Hov it sounded amazing.

The album of course debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 463,000 copies in the first week and became Jay-Z’s highest selling album to date.  The album is currently triple platinum.

It’s no surprise that it did so well because of how great the 3 singles were.  The lead single was “Change Clothes” ft Pharrell, then followed by “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” and “99 Problems”.

The album had a Grammy nomination at the 47th annual Grammy Awards but eventually lost to his artists album, The College Dropout.

Happy 14th Anniversary to Jay-Z’s fake farewell album!