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The Black Album


Initial release : 2003

Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam 000152802

One song on this release, Encore, includes a line that refers to the Grateful Dead.

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  • Interlude
  • December 4th (Boyd/Carter/Powell/Smith)
  • What More Can I Say (Bell/Carter/Chambers/Gamble/Gonzalez/Johnson)
  • Encore (Carter/West)
  • Change Clothes (Carter/Hugo/Williams)
  • Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Carter/Mosley)
  • Threat (Carter/Douthit/Kelly)
  • Moment of Clarity (Carter/King/Mathers/Resto)
  • 99 Problems (Carter/Landsberg/Pappalardi/Rubin/Squier/Ventura/Weinstein)
  • Public Service Announcement (Interlude) (Carter/Levin/Smith)
  • Justify My Thug (Blake/Carter/Chavez/Ciccone/Kravitz/McDaniels/Simmons/Smith)
  • Lucifer (Carter/Perry/Smith/West)
  • Allure (Carter/Hugo/Williams)
  • My 1st Song (Carter/De La Fuente/McCarrell)

Musicians include

  • Jay-Z - vocals
  • Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway - bass
  • Steven King - bass, guitar
  • Luis Resto - keyboards
  • Vincent "Hum V" Bostic - vocals
  • Cedric The Entertainer - vocals
  • Danee Doty - vocals
  • Don Crawley - vocals
  • Sharlotte Gibson - vocals
  • Leon Harris - vocals
  • John Legend - vocals
  • Kanye West - vocals

  • Producers - Jay-Z (Shawn Carter), DJ Quik, Rick Rubin, Luis Resto, Kayne West, Timbaland, Joseph Weinberger, Eminem, The Neptunes, 9th Wonder, Aqua, Buchannans, Just Blaze
  • Executive producer - Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Kareem "Biggs" Burke
  • Engineer - Steven King, Andrew Scheps, Gimel Keaton, Michael Strange, Demacio Castellon, David Brian Brown
  • Mixing - DJ Quik, Rick Rubin, Eminem, Richard Travali, Steven King, Andrew Scheps, Duro, Jimmy Douglas, Darrell Thorp, Gimel Keaton
  • Liner notes - Jay-Z

The first verse of Encore is;

Who you know fresher than Hov'? Riddle me that
The rest of y'all know where I'm lyrically at
Can't none of y'all mirror me back
Yeah hearin me rap is like hearin G. Rap in his prime
I'm, young H.O., rap's Grateful Dead
Back to take over the globe, now break bread
I'm in, Boeing jets, Global Express
Out the country but the blueberry still connect
On the low but the yacht got a triple deck
But when you Young, what the fuck you expect? Yep, yep
Grand openin, grand closin
God your man Hov' cracked the can open again
Who you gon' find doper than him with no pen
just draw off inspiration
Soon you gon' see you can't replace him
with cheap imitations for dese generations