Wow, where do I even start? OK so yes the album has broken a record set by Coldplay for the most iTunes downloads of an album during its first week of release, Otis is a pretty epic single and H.A.M had it's time in the sun. That being said I'm immensely disappointed in this album……..At first, which is my own fault because I over anticipated it due to the two people who were involved. You have Jay-Z the greatest rapper alive who's last album Blueprint 3 is considered a classic and Kanye West who's recent My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album took us on a musical journey none other for 2010.
We all were expecting something great, words like ground breaking, innovative, epic come to mind when we thought about what the album would sound like. When I firts listened to the album I was thinking I can't believe I only like 3 songs on the whole album, since I'm analyzing music on a day to day basis I found my self holding the album to a different standard than the average music fan would. So I took few steps back, played it a few times on the computer, iPod, and the in the whip for a couple days.
After a few days of listening to the album I feel allot different about the record now, Otis is still my jam, Lift Off has grown on me, Gotta Have It, Welcome To The Jungle, Murder To Excellence and Why I Love You are all fire.
I still feel like album is all over the place though as far as theme is concerned, which creatively is expected when you have two leaders attempting to lead on the same album. I appreciate the fact that they kept the features to a minimum and didn't leave all the production to Kanye. It's not a home run by any means when you consider who's involved, but for me personally I went from saying WTF is this to saying it's not that bad to now playing it at least once a day.
I give it a 4/5.
That might be a little biased due to the fact that I'm a super Hova fan and Kanye as well.
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Oh yeah what's with that 3 minutes of silence on the Illest Motherf**ker Alive track? SMH!