The Black Album
The Black Album
Studio album by Jay-Z


14 November 2003


Hip hop




Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam


9th Wonder, Aqua, The Buchanans, Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.), Damon Dash (exec.), DJ Quik, Eminem, Jay-Z (also exec.), Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Luis Resto, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Joe "3H" Weinberger, Kanye West

Jay Z chronology


The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse (2002)


Kingdom Come (2006)

The Black Album is the eighth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released in 2003 on Roc-A-Fella Records. It was advertised as his final album before retiring, which is a recurring theme throughout the songs, although Jay Z resumed his recording career in 2006.

Upon its release, The Black Album received widespread acclaim from critics. In its first week, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 463,000 copies in the United States. It became Jay Z's top selling album of the 2000s decade, and by July 2013, it had sold 3,516,000 copies in the United States alone. The Black Album was promoted with a retirement tour by Jay Z and three singles that also achieved Billboard chart success, including the top-ten hits "Change Clothes" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder".

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Interlude" - - Just Blaze 1:21
2. "December 4th" Jay-Z Boyd, Carter, Powell, Smith Just Blaze 4:33
3. "What More Can I Say" Jay-Z Bell, Carter, Chambers, Gamble, Gonzalez, Johnson The Buchanans 4:55
4. "Encore" Jay-Z Carter, West Kanye West 4:10
5. "Change Clothes" Jay-Z Carter, Hugo, Williams The Neptunes 4:18
6. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" Jay-Z Carter, Mosley Timbaland 4:05
7. "Threat" Jay-Z Carter, Douthit, Kelly 9th Wonder, Jay Z 4:06
8. "Moment of Clarity" Jay-Z Carter, King, Mathers, Resto Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:24
9. "99 Problems" Jay-Z Carter, Henderson, Landsberg, Marrow, Pappalardi, Rubin, Squier, Ventura, Weinstein Rick Rubin 3:54
10. "Public Service Announcement (Interlude)" Jay-Z Carter, Levin, Smith Just Blaze 2:53
11. "Justify My Thug" Jay-Z Blake, Carter, Chavez, Ciccone, Kravitz, McDaniels, Simmons, Smith DJ Quik 4:04
12. "Lucifer" Jay-Z Carter, Perry, Smith, West Kanye West 3:12
13. "Allure" Jay-Z Carter, Hugo, Williams The Neptunes 4:52
14. "My 1st Song" Jay-Z Carter, De La Fuente, McCarrell Aqua, Joe "3H" Weinberger 4:45
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