Jay-Z ‎– The Black Album

Roc-A-Fella Records ‎– B0001528-01
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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Released in a gatefold jacket with a credit sheet insert.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02498 61123 4
  • Barcode (UPC scanned): 602498611234
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout etching): B0001528-01-LP01-A TD
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout etching): B0001528-01-LP01-B-RE1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (C-side runout etching): TD B0001528-01-LP02-A
  • Matrix / Runout (D-side runout etching): B0001528-01-LP02-B
  • Matrix / Runout (A & C side runout stamp): MASTERDISK

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
B0001528-02 Jay-Z The Black Album(CD, Album) Roc-A-Fella Records B0001528-02 US 2003 Sell This Version
JZRBLP01 Jay-Z The Black Album (Remix)(LP, Promo, Unofficial) Roc-A-Fella Records (2) JZRBLP01 US Unknown Sell This Version
B000152802 Jay-Z The Black Album(CD, Album) Roc-A-Fella Records B000152802 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
9861121 Jay-Z The Black Album(CD, Album) Roc-A-Fella Records 9861121 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
986 112-2 Jay-Z The Black Album(Cass, Album) Roc-A-Fella Records 986 112-2 Indonesia 2003 Sell This Version


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December 20, 2018

I bought it brand new at a local record store, I have never been a big Jay-Z fan but I'm a huge Hip-Hop head and the black album is something I felt should be in my collection. I was pretty disappointed by the overall quality of the gatefold paper... very thin and not durable, the color chipped away already on some corners even if I always try to handle this thing good, ok is not a baby, but i am not using it to block the doors either, if you know what I mean. The sleeves are missing the soft plastic interior coating and the vinyls are thin and already very scratched. Nothing of this would be relevant if the sound experience was good but unfortunately it feels very compressed and flat, i feel like there is no difference between this and an hi-quality mp3 version of the same album... I am not an experienced vinyl collector but I can surely say that this is one of the worst sounding records I own. I guess it has been mastered and pressed in an historic period where CD were the new thing and nobody really cared about pressing good vinyls, also in the thanks section Jay is writing something like "thanks to all the people who made this CD possible..." it kind of gives you a hint on how much vinyls were considered back then if he's only talking about CDs, maybe. I am going to keep it just as a reminder that not all the records sound good and that I alway should check Discogs first!


February 28, 2017
Has anyone opened one of these to find only one of the 2 LPs inside? I got my friend this version SEALED from the factory and it's missing one of the LP's. It was definitely never opened and then re sealed as the one LP inside was immaculate. Any help?


August 1, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Jay-Z's 9th and last album is a masterpiece.
The packaging of this Vinyl gate-fold DoLp is special, so you get a direct feeling how important this statement is. The producers involved are carefully chosen. Just Blaze for the Intro and 2 other trax, Kanye West on 2 trax, Timbaland + The Neptunes for the Radio Hits with the clever hooks are names that we would expect on a Jigga album. After "Change Clothes" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" the super luxury bangers from 'The Black Album' "Threat" with fantastic production by 9th Wonder and vocals by Cedric The Entertainer, who sounds exactly like the late great Old and Dirty Bastardcomes comes along and suprises you.
The next big surprise comes with the Rock sampling anthem produced by Rick Rubin, the heavy "99 Problems (And A Bitch Ain't One)" - maybe the most untypical Jigga Tune ever.
Another highlight comes with the collaboration with West Side Beatsmith / Rapper Entrepreneur DJ Quik with the Madonna borrowing Justify My Thug, that also sounds like nothing else Jay-Z ever did before. Eminem laces another Beat on this album with the intrspective Moment Of clarity.
Here he raps about his life his experiences and his lifestyle, somthing Jigga always was obsessed with- unlike Nas who rapped about a million different topics Jay-Z sticks to what is mostly on his mind...
For Reggae and Prodigy fans the use of Max Romeo/Lee Perry's Chase The Devil on "Lucifer (Son Of The Morning)" comes as a treat.
You find only 14 Cuts on this DoLP and 12 Songs, but each is so good and full with strong raps, great beats and fine chosen samples, that it surpasses many other records with 18 or 23 Cuts . So here you have it. Like on Jay-Z's first album Reaonable Doubt there is only Quality Stuff selected = all killer no filler. Maybe a few less songs about himself would have made The Black Album even greater, but hey it's his Party and he decided what he wanted to rap about.
Already 3 years ago and no new Jay-Z record in the stores.
So The Black Album stands the test of time astonishingly well for a contemporara Rap Record.