Jay-Z ‎– American Gangster

Roc-A-Fella Records ‎– B0010229-02
CD, Album

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1 Idris Elba Intro
Arranged By – Idris ElbaCo-producer – Idris "Driis" Elba*Edited By, Arranged By – Hector Delgado (2)Guitar – Marty ReidMixed By – Hector Delgado (2)Producer – Chris FlameRecorded By – Seth FirkinsStrings [Additional] – Timon AbuptahVocals [Additional] – Angel Wood
2 Jay-Z Pray
Bass Trombone, Bass Clarinet – Aaron J. JohnsonBass, Guitar – James Lewis (4)Engineer [Assistant] – Andy GeelVocals – A.J. Walker, Adonis Shropshire, Carmen Cameron, Cheri Dennis, Jayms Madison, Leisa Johnson*, Shannon JonesVocals [Additional] – BeyoncéWritten-By – A. Hawkshaw*
3 Jay-Z American Dreamin'
Backing Vocals – Keon BryceBass, Piano, Strings – Arden "Keyz" Altino*Co-producer – Mario WinansWritten-By – A. Ross*, L. Ware*, M. Gaye*
4 Jay-Z Hello Brooklyn 2.0
Featuring – Lil WaynePerformer [All Instruments] – Bigg D*Producer – Bigg D*Programmed By [Additional] – Drew HollywoodRecorded By – Angel "Ohnel" Aponte*, Ced Hollywood, Drew MoneyWritten-By – D. Baker*, D. Carter*
5 Jay-Z No Hook
Engineer [Assistant] – Heather Boyden, Michelle FigueroaPiano, Strings, Keyboards, Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Arden "Keyz" Altino*Vocals – Jayms MadisonWritten-By – B. White*
6 Jay-Z Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)...
Arranged By, Tenor Saxophone – Kenneth "Scooter" Whalum*Engineer [Assistant] – Matt Testa*Trombone – Saunders SermonsTrumpet – Cameron Johnson, Keyon HarroldVocals [Additional] – Beyoncé, Cassie (2), Kanye WestWritten-By – B. Mann*, D. Guy*, L. Michels*, M. Deller*, T. Brenneck*
7 Jay-Z Sweet
Engineer [Assistant] – Andy GeelVocals [Additional] – A.J. Walker, Carmen Cameron, Cassie (2)Written-By – R. Love*
8 Jay-Z I Know
Mixed By – Chad HugoProducer – The NeptunesRecorded By – Andrew Coleman (3)Recorded By [Additional] – Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young*Recorded By [Assistant] – Hart GuntherWritten-By – P. Williams*
9 Jay-Z Party Life
Engineer [Assistant] – Matt Testa*Mixed By [Assistant] – Anthony PalazzoleTrumpet – Keyon HarroldVocals – Shannon JonesWritten-By – D. Stone*, W. Hale*
10 Jay-Z Ignorant Sh*t
Featuring – Beanie SigelMixed By – Gimel "Young Guru" KeatonMixed By [Assistant] – Andrew Wright (2)Producer – Just BlazeRecorded By – Daren "DJ Poun" Smith*Written-By – C. Jasper*, D. Grant*, E. Isley*, J. Smith*, M. Isley*, O. Isley*, R. Isley*, R. Isley*
11 Jay-Z Say Hello
Backing Vocals – Rhonda RobinsonProducer – Toomp*Recorded By – Derrick Selby, Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young*Written-By – A. Davis*, T. Brocker*
12 Jay-Z Success
Backing Vocals – Juan "OG" Perez*Co-producer – Jermaine DupriFeaturing – NasProducer – No-ID*Written-By – E. Wilson*, L. Ellis*, N. Jones*
13 Jay-Z Fallin'
Backing Vocals – BilalCo-producer – No-ID*Mixed By – Jermaine Dupri, Phil TanMixed By [Assistant] – Josh HoughkirkProducer – Jermaine DupriWritten-By – J. Dupri*, T. Hester*
Bonus Tracks
14 Jay-Z Blue Magic
Producer – The NeptunesRecorded By – Andrew Coleman (3)Recorded By [Assistant] – Hart GuntherVocals [Additional] – Pharrell*Written-By – B. Kaun*, C. Herron*, D. Robinson*, D. Foster*, M. Jones*, P. Williams*, T. Ellis*, T. McElroy*
15 Jay-Z American Gangster
Alto Saxophone – Andy SnitzerCello – Eileen Moon, Jeanne LeblancDrums – StillphilMixed By – Gimel "Young Guru" KeatonMixed By [Assistant] – Andrew Wright (2)Piano [Additional] – Canei FinchProducer – Just BlazeRecorded By [Live Strings & Horns] – Ryan WestRecorded By [Music] – Andrew Wright (2)Recorded By [Vocals] – Gimel "Young Guru" KeatonTenor Saxophone – Charles PillowTrombone – Mike DavidTrumpet – Jeff KievitViola – Dawn Hannay, Sue PrayViolin – Liz Lim*, Jeanine Wynton, Lisa Kim, Matt Lehmann, Minyoung Chang, Sandra Park, Sarah O'Boyle, Sharon YamadaWritten-By – C. Mayfield*, J. Smith*

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14 and 15 are bonus tracks.

Inspired by the Denzel Washington / Russell Crowe movie "American Gangster", but it is not a soundtrack for the movie.

"Intro", "No Hook", "Success" and "Blue Magic" contain excerpts from "American Gangster" used courtesy of Universal Studios.

"Pray" contains a sample from "New Earth" by Hank Marvin, written by Alan Hawkshaw.

"American Dreamin'" contains a sample of the recording "Soon I'll Be Loving You Again" as performed by Marvin Gaye, written by M. Gaye, A. Ross, L. Ware.

"Hello Brooklyn 2.0" contains excerpts from "Hello Brooklyn" performed by The Beastie Boys.

"No Hook" contains a sample of the recording "Love Serenade" as performed by Barry White (B. White).

"Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)..." contains a sample of "Make the Road by Walking" performed by The Menahan Street Band, written by T. Brenneck, D. Guy, M. Deller, L. Michels, B. Mann.

"Sweet" contains a sample of "Does Your Mama Know" written by Rudy Love and performed by Rudy Love & The Love Family.

"Party Life" contains a sample from "Get into the Party Life" by Little Beaver, written by W. Hale and D. Stone.

"Ignorant Sh*t" contains a sample of "Between the Sheets" performed by The Isley Bros., written by R. Isley, O. Isley, R. Isley, M. Isley, E. Isley and C. Jasper.

"Say Hello" contains a sample of the recording "The Love We Share Is the Greatest of Them All" as performed by Tom Brock, written by T. Brocker.

"Success" contains a sample of the recording "Funky Thing Pt. 1" written by Larry Ellis and performed by Larry Ellis and The Black Hammer.

"Fallin'" contains samples from "Fell for You" performed by The Dramatics, written by T. Hester.

"Blue Magic" embodies portions of "Hold On" written by D. Foster, T. McElroy, T. Ellis, C. Herron, M. Jones and D. Robinson, also contains excerpt from the motion picture "Frankenstein", score by Bernard Kaun.

"American Gangster" contains samples from the Curtis Mayfield recording "Short Eyes", written by Curtis Mayfield.

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January 23, 2008

I didn't expect much from this one ater the mild disappointment with Kingdom Come . The video to American Gangster made a good + lasting impressin recently, so i went back to check out this CD with new confidence and it didn't disapoint me at all....
His rapstyle and delivery is in a class of his own - you hear that Lay-Z is in a zone and the lyics come from his dome directly to the microphone. His voice sits tight in the middle of the Stereo - Mix. A fantastic production + excellent mastering comes as a Bonus. The guests are well chosen, as usual : Lil' Wayne, Nas and his old buddy Beanie Sigel are on the harder tracks. Kanye West and Pharrel do appear on the more playful songs. Even his wife Beyoncè makes a few nice appearances here as a Background Singer.
What makes this album so fantastic is the music ! I never heard a Rap album with so much going on musically. The samples are sounding so familiar, that you often think HIT even before the song is thru. And then the producers : Diddy and the Hit Makers LV & SEAN C produced most of the stuff and their tracks sound so good. You have a lot of real instruments , a drummer and a guitar player; sometimes even a Horn section, Pianos and so on. To make this album even better there still are a hand full of hardcore tracks by Just Blaze (on the Beanie Sigel collaboration) DJ Toomp and others. The Neptunes and even Jermaine Duprie add their special flavour to the product (JD produced the Nas / Jay-Z Track) . This LP is easily twice as good as the rushed Kingdom Come, close to The Blueprint + on the same level as The Black Album.