Jay-Z-4:44 (2017)

My Rating: 70%

Pitchfork Rating: 84%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 83%

Average Rating: 79%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Kill Jay Z
  2. The Story of O.J.
  3. Smile (feat. Gloria Carter)
  4. Caught Their Eyes (feat. Frank Ocean)
  5. 4:44
  6. Family Feud
  7. Bam (feat. Damian Marley)
  8. Moonlight
  9. Marcy Me
  10. Legacy

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In a chill mood looking for something not too overwhelming.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Boring. It’s just really boring.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

Jay-Z is one of those artists that people just go batshit crazy about and I just don’t understand the hype. 4:44 is one of the better albums in his discography, there’s no doubt about that, it’s really well produced and it’s clear that the beats are the best part of the whole album. But as with all of Jay’s albums his rapping is just too simplistic and boring. Being raised on emcees like Gift of Gab, Aesop Rock, and MF Doom, there’s just something too formulaic about his rhyme scheme, and I just find myself yawning through most of his work. The Story of O.J. is the clear front runner of the album, while the rest passes by not being too great or terrible. It’s an album to put on in the background and fade out, but it’s not one to put on to impress friends. It seems that I will never be enthusiastic about a Jay-Z album, no matter how many chances I give the guy. It’s not that I see him as absolutely nonredeemable (his production game is A+) but he really needs to change his flow for me to really invest my time in him, and I just don’t see that happening.

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