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!