Jay-ZThe Black Album

Label:Roc-A-Fella Records – B0001528-01
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Genre:Hip Hop


ProducerJust Blaze
A2December 4th
ProducerJust Blaze
A3What More Can I Say
ProducerThe Buchannans*
B1Change Clothes
ProducerThe Neptunes
B2Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Producer9th Wonder
B4Moment Of Clarity
C199 Problems
ProducerRick Rubin
ProducerJust Blaze
C3Justify My Thug
ProducerDJ Quik
VocalsSharlotte Gibson
ProducerKanye West
ProducerThe Neptunes
D3My 1st Song

Companies, etc.



Released in a gatefold jacket with a credit sheet insert.

MASTERDISK stamped on Side A & C of the runouts

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02498 61123 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 602498611234
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): B0001528-01-LP01-A TD MASTERDISK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): B0001528-01-LP01-B-RE1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): TD B0001528-01-LP02-A MASTERDISK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): B0001528-01-LP02-B

Other Versions (5 of 71)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Black Album (Edited Version) (CD, Album)Roc-A-Fella RecordsB0001529-02US2003
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The Black Album (Acappella) (2×LP, Promo, Album)Roc-A-Fella RecordsDEFF 15970-1US2003
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The Black Album (2×LP, Album, Promo, Clean)Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc-A-Fella RecordsDEFF-15974-1, DEFF-15975-1US2003
The Black Album (Acappella) (CD, Album)Roc-A-Fella Records9862290Europe2003
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The Black Album (CD, Album)Roc-A-Fella Records0602498611210Europe2003



  • DeadVinylSociety's avatar
    I have an OG copy still in shrink and there is an album promo sticker on the shrink. Not sure if subsequent represses have this sticker.
    • nowaki027's avatar
      My copy has the same labels as this pressing but totally different runouts, likely pressed at GZ (138939EX/A, with X from 1-4 corresponding to the side). Anybody knows any info about this pressing?
      • highartisticlly's avatar
        Keep a lookout in stores they seem to pop up every now and then. Picked this up from Barnes a couple months ago. It looks to be this original version by stampers but my label is slightly different. I just don't think it ever went out of print but whatever it is, can't beat a new pressing of a classic album for $25. Sounds good to me.
        • quixotic120's avatar
          My copy has very audible distortion on what more can I say after ultrasonic cleaning. Otherwise very good
          • Hebenst2's avatar
            Edited 2 years ago
            Weird. I got a copy of this today where the runouts match this pressing (Re-1, TD, stamped MASTERDISK), but the label matches the other pressing. Wonder if they repressed this at some point before cutting the newer stampers?
            • tommyrari's avatar
              Really great pressing and phenomenal album. Encore and Threat are my favorite.
              • antonledesma1's avatar
                I am not sure if this album got repressed at all because my pressing sounds well pressed and mastered compared to 320kbps streaming for me. Base and Hov's rapping are both clear and strong.

                I think it might have been repressed since I bought mine recently off UDiscover Music and recieved an LP that seemed to be pretty young, both Media and Sleeve.
                • midnightrunner's avatar
                  Edited 4 years ago
                  I must admit, this is one of my favorite albums, by Jay-Z (aka the Jiggaman). But like many Roc-A-Fella lps, the sleeve is just so flimsy. And too, it is not wipe-clean. For instance, my mam's toyboy Gavin's 5-year old son (from another relationship) came around to our house a few months ago, and he somehow managed to get hold of a tippex white-out pen (maybe from my mam's drawer) and when I was not looking he drew tiny eyes on Jay-Z's face, between his finger and thumbs. They would not wipe off, and now Jay-Z looks absolutely demented. I think that this is secretly how Jay-Z has become so rich, and a hip hop billionaire: he cuts many costs with his flimsy record sleeves, whilst still charging the full price for normal, thick cardboard!!
                  • filippobrandini's avatar
                    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!
                    • nathanoller's avatar
                      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?


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