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American Gangster [Explicit Version]
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Album: American Gangster [Explicit Version]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Intro Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:01
2)    Pray Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:24
3)    American Dreamin' Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:48
4)    Hello Brooklyn 2.0 Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:56
5)    No Hook Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:14
6)    Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)... Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:12
7)    Sweet Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:26
8)    I Know Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:43
9)    Party Life Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:29
10)    Ignorant Sh*t Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:41
11)    Say Hello Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 5:27
12)    Success Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:30
13)    Fallin' Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:01
14)    Blue Magic Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:09
15)    American Gangster Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:41
 
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Performer Notes
  • Following up his crossover-ridden return from retirement KINGDOM COME, Jay-Z presents a concept album, AMERICAN GANGSTER, inspired by the Ridley Scott movie of the same name. Contentwise, Jay is in his element, spinning street corner imagery and tales of the drug trade in the same spirit as the film, while, on the production end, 1970s R&B and soul samples dominate. The production team of Diddy, LV, and Sean C accounts for much of the record's cohesion, providing six beats built on loops from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and Rudy Love & the Love Family.
  • Jigga finds plenty room to get jiggy on tracks like "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)," "Party Life," and "I Know," a Neptunes-produced gem that sounds like a tricked-out "It Ain't Hard to Tell." Undoubtedly Jay's tightest effort since 2001's THE BLUEPRINT, AMERICAN GANGSTER features a few choice guest verses from Lil Wayne, Beanie Siegel, and Nas.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.191) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] live horns, grooving on some kind of Afro-beat riff over Seventies rumble-in-the-jungle funk..."

Rolling Stone (p.108) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "AMERICAN GANGSTER is tripped out on a Seventies-funk fantasia."

Entertainment Weekly (p.103) - "[Jay-Z uses] the film's story and period vibe to color his own elaborate legend....On 'Fallin',' the record's emotional climax, Jay-Z raps frantically as the walls close in."

Uncut (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere his favoured old soul classicism -- say, on 'American Dreamin' or 'ROC Boys' -- provides the best backdrop for his rhymes."

Q (Magazine) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "AMERICAN GANGSTER sounds reassuringly expensive, with a hotshot production team including Just Blaze, Pharrell and Diddy's Hitmen crew."
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